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... 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 ed
ISBN: 9781410498205
Characteristics: 503 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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hitthebooks
Aug 08, 2017

Liked this book about special Ginny Moon who was abused and starved by her mother and was taking care of baby Krystal so her mom could do drug deals, sleep with me and Ginny had to keep the baby quiet. When they found Ginny she was so skinny and malnourished but she kept saying my baby wont' be safe with Gloria. They thought she meant the baby doll from school but didn't realize a real baby. Ginny now lives with a family in a blue house and they have a new baby and are scared what Ginny will do to it. All she can think is how she can help save her baby doll. Crystal with a C is Gloria's sister and she takes Ginny one day and then is arrested and put in jail. Now Ginny is worried how she's going to get to Canada to find her baby doll. It's been 5 years now though and she keeps trying different ways even though she's a gifted child herself. Gloria keeps trying to take Ginny too and her forever parents are worried what she might do next. Meanwhile Ginny hasn't realized her baby doll is now 6 and as the authorities have realized she isn't just talking about a fake baby but a real one. They visit Gloria and find the 5 year old who is also malnourished and undocumented. Now her for real dad, who didn't know about Ginny is on the scene too and he wants to help her see her mom and baby Krystal with a K not C. Fun out there book and you could see how it affects families who don't understand troubled and different kids. A really good book, I enjoyed.

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.

GCPL_Angela Jul 01, 2017

This book hooked me from the very start, and I finished it in almost record time. Ginny Moon's voice feels authentic and raw, and while I feared that her single-minded obsession with her Baby Doll might become tedious, as the layers of the onion peel away, you begin to understand more and more why this particular subject in many ways defines and dominates who Ginny is. Her story is affecting without ever being cloying or maudlin; because Ginny's voice is so spare, we are able to feel the heartbreak of neglect and the hardships of the foster care system without ever feeling as if we are being pandered to or emotionally manipulated by the author. You will root for Ginny and be frustrated by her at the same time -- much as the adults in her life are. You may even be a touch sad, as I was, when the novel is over -- not because the conclusion isn't satisfying (because it is), but because you enjoyed the time you spent with Ginny so much. Recommended -- a very engaging look at an important subject.

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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.

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.

GarsonLibraryTina Jun 03, 2017

There was a lot of good hype about this novel, and I really, really wanted to love it as much as the critics did, but I didn't. I liked it, but overall, it fell a little flat for me. I'm not even certain what the reason was - I liked the character, Ginny, but I really didn't connect with her. (Perhaps this was intentional on the author's part, since in the story Ginny has a hard time connecting with the people around her.) I enjoyed reading about Ginny's journey through foster care and living with her "Forever Family", but I wish the author would have shown more growth of Ginny's character during the novel. In the end, I thought the story ended quite abruptly, and while Ginny seems to be turning a bit of a corner and discovering, to a small degree, where she belongs, it just wasn't enough character development for me. At the end of the novel, I couldn't help thinking that Ginny would likely resort to her same antics again.

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mjk236sb
Jun 02, 2017

Great debut novel. The voice of this story is a 14 year old autistic girl who is trying to return to her old life so that she can care for her missing "baby doll". Misunderstandings between her and he adopted parents lead to attempts by Ginny to get herself "kidnapped" back to her former live to are for her "baby doll". Ginny's quest become more important to her when a baby enters her forever home and she does not understand her forever parent's attitude to her and her relationship to the baby. Points out the problems that can come about when a child or adult is unable to totally express themselves to others due to their autism and to be able to have a full understanding of emotions and her surroundings. Ginny is a very interesting character that evolves through out her journey that is filled with disturbing incidents. coming from her desires to find and help her baby doll that she had to leave when she was taken from her abusive home 5 years ago.

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