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What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren
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A ring around the moon is an omen of bad things to come. Ten-year-old Esther doesn’t know whether or not she believes her Ma’s superstitions, but the moon’s warning seems to come true when her father loses his job in Chicago. The year is 1930 and the nation is in the grip of the Great Depression. City jobs are impossible to find. Esther and her family move to a ramshackle farm in Wisconsin to eke a living out of the land. There is no electricity or plumbing, but Esther is excited about the move. There are horses and cows and, best of all, a dog.

Not wanting to bring more misfortune, Esther does her best to follow her Ma’s rules. But life is not simple when a sign of bad luck means that Esther must turn her back on the only friend she has. Esther is caught between loyalty to her Ma and her own heart, all while trying to survive the harsh Wisconsin winter.

Rosengren’s WHAT THE MOON SAID is a large-hearted debut. It is my favorite kind of historical fiction, making a long-ago time feel as real and relatable as current day. While some of Esther’s struggles — farm life and gripping poverty — may be unfamiliar to some young readers, Esther’s deepest wishes will hit very close to home. Readers will easily see themselves in Esther’s desire to understand her place in the family, her need for friendship, and her pleasure in everyday adventure.
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Reading Progress

July 22, 2013 – Shelved
July 22, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
October 30, 2013 – Started Reading
October 30, 2013 – Shelved as: mg-fiction
December 20, 2013 – Finished Reading

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