Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon

Large Print - 2017
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Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager--she plays flute in the high school band, has weekly basketball practice, and reads Robert Frost poems in English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit ... different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, her baby doll, and crafting a secret plan of escape. After being traumatically taken from her abusive birth mother and moved around to different homes, Ginny has finally found her "forever home"--a safe place with parents who will love and nurture her. This is exactly what all foster kids are hoping for, right? But Ginny has other plans. She'll steal and lie and exploit the good intentions of those who love her--anything it takes to get back what's missing in her life. She'll even try to get herself kidnapped.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410498205
1410498204
Branch Call Number: LP LUDWIG
Characteristics: 503 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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The coming of age story of an autistic teen who has something to tell all of us about family and love.

"Ludwig’s excellent debut is both a unique coming-of-age tale and a powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families.… Ludwig brilliantly depicts the literal-minded and inventive Ginny." – from Publishers Weekly

"Evoking Mark Haddon’s 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (2003), Ludwig’s unforgettable debut is narrated by autistic teen Ginny as she embarks on a quest to find her birth mother and little sister." --Booklist

I love Ginny! She is autistic and from an abusive background, but she is an amazing girl you will be pulling for all the way.


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Elsda5
Nov 07, 2018

This book was one of the most fascinating, interesting books I have read in a long while. It is very well written and the author takes you right into the frustration of Ginny who cannot always express herself correctly as well as into the angst her parents have in trying to handle a very delicate situation. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. It is a must read!

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thebritlass
Dec 31, 2017

I didn't want to put this down - not only does it provide a fascinating insight into the world of the autistic person, but the story line itself quickly draws you in. An amazing book.

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lcraig368
Nov 15, 2017

Ginny Moon gives you a peek into a world not many of us have ever encountered. It was beautifully written.

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behere
Nov 02, 2017

In his acknowledgments, Ludwig wrote that one of his hopes in writing the book was to give a voice to people who might have trouble self-advocating. I believe that his hope is realized.
It takes until the middle of the book, p 177, for Ginny to communicate with her Forever Dad an important clue to her childhood. And, it slowly changes things.

alaude Jul 24, 2017

Ludwig has offered up a rare debut, told from the perspective of an autistic teen in foster care. After finally being placed in a forever home, Ginny becomes obsessed with finding her way back to her mother, despite the years of abuse she endured. It is only midway through the year, but I am certain that this book will be a favorite of 2017.

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lola_jane
Jun 26, 2017

I don't know how to rate this - it was good and kept me turning pages, but I didn't enjoy reading it because of the choices and actions of the people in Ginny's life. The strength of this novel is Ginny's voice; it feels authentic and seeing things from her point of view helps the reader to understand her and feel invested in the outcome of her story.
Perhaps a good choice for a book club or a buddy-read with a friend as there is a lot to talk about in this one.

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laurabrary
Jun 22, 2017

My favorite book of the year! Mesmerizing, heartwarming, and a total page-turner. Ginny, a 14-year-old girl with autism and developmental disabilities, narrates life with her "forever family" after being taken from her birth mother. It stretched my understanding, perspective, and expectations. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Cynthia_N Jun 13, 2017

Wow! Ludwig put me inside Ginny's head and it felt so real! It's difficult to get across how powerful this story was without spoilers but I'm going to try! Ginny is autistic and was abused/neglected by her birth mother. She was removed from the home when she was nine. I started to despise her Forever mother and father (mostly the mother) but understandably because I could see inside Ginny's head and they couldn't. Emotional ending that wasn't what I would have chosen but fit perfectly. Highly recommended!

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jerksister1
Jun 06, 2017

Such a good story! All I could think about was getting back to the book to find out what is happening in Ginny's life now. She's a teenaged autistic girl who had a very difficult beginning but seems to have settled well with her adoptive family except for one obsession she just can't let go. Very interesting and well written.

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haileyj
Jun 04, 2017

I kept wanting to find a connection with Ginny throughout the story but it felt like I "just missed" every time. I don't feel that this novel depicts the thinking of an autistic child so much as what we ("typical" people) want to think an autistic person would think like. A quote at the end of the book perhaps sums it up best when he says "if you know one child with autism, then you know one child with autism". In other words they are as individual as anyone else and writers too often make assumptions and generalizations about them that are not accurate. I have a person in my life who is on the autistic spectrum and also 15 years old who is nothing whatsoever like the Ginny in this book. Ginny is shown to be manipulative, a liar and a thief. I don't believe that's generally true of autistic people but rather they are extremely naive and trusting and easily taken advantage of. I think the "forever Mom" Maura was a poor candidate to become an adoptive mother - she comes across as too immature to be trusted in that role.

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behere
Nov 02, 2017

p 135, LOL: "...Michael Jackson is my favorite singer-dancer in the whole world. I have a picture of him on my wall in my room plus the calendar. He is my biggest fan."

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behere
Nov 02, 2017

p 177: "Gloria named it Krystal with a K to tell the difference from Crystal with a C."
Everything stops. Everything freezes. Because they get it. They finally, finally understand.

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