Competition published on June 2, 2017.
The story of a lost girl searching for her forever home.
Everyone tells Ginny that she should feel happy….
After years in foster care, fourteen year old Ginny is finally with parents who will love her. Yet despite finding her forever family, she knows she will never stop crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape.
Because something heart-breaking happened a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right…
A fiercely poignant, inspirational story of a lost girl making sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up – Ginny Moon will change everyone who spends time with her.
** We have a copy of Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig to give away – scroll down for your chance to win!**
Following feedback from our Real Readers, we knew we had to make this our BookHugger Book of the Month:
“As an exploration of a child on the autism spectrum, ‘Ginny Moon’ should be right up there with ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’ as well as Rachael Lucas’ recent YA novel ‘The State of Grace.’ These are stories which need to be told to help foster a more inclusive and accepting society. ‘Ginny Moon’ is far from preachy or didactic, though; it’s an absorbing, insightful and hugely affecting novel, and one which I highly recommend”
“[Benjamin Ludwig] has created an unforgettable and truly lovable character…I’ve worked with children with autism, so the parts in the school and at the Special Olympics, really rang true for me. I’m sure the author was drawing on real events from his daughter’s life when he described the pupils’ interactions here…I felt that the novel also explored honestly the challenges and frustrations of adopting a child, a teenager with special needs.”
“Ginny is a delight of a character, bright, brave and loyal to a fault, and the author excels in creating a heroine who all readers will take to their hearts…This is very much a character-driven novel, with Ginny serving as narrator, and Ludwig delivers this brilliantly. Indeed, for novels of this kind in particular to really excel, the reader should be able to forget there is an author pulling the strings and instead be utterly convinced and carried away by the narrator, and Ludwig succeeds on both counts by making Ginny’s voice so clear and genuine that Ginny really comes to life. There are some beautiful turns of phrase in her lexicon and some lovely stylistic features that the author uses to give Ginny real authenticity, including the way she takes on the terminology of those around her.”
“I found this book utterly enjoyable for many reasons. The understanding and portrayal of an autistic girl really helped the reader both see through Ginny’s eyes and realise her shortcomings. Despite her difficulties she is a likeable and real character. The story adds generally to current debates and discussion of the presentation of females on the spectrum and the state of mental health among care leavers which make this a perfect book club read and has a modern feel. As well as dealing with complex issues, it’s also clever, witty and really well written; I found myself desperate to know what was going to happen and reading in long sessions when I could grab the time.”
“This book is extraordinary. I loved every minute of it. I was willing Ginny to get to grips with what she was trying to tell people. I do not have a great knowledge of autism but, from reading other books on the subject, have gleaned some of the symptoms. These were very cleverly introduced as part of Ginny’s character but not over-done. Ginny is a very endearing person. I loved her and my heart ached for her…The book makes uncomfortable reading in places. It covers abuse, neglect, frustration and miscommunication. Above all, it is real and very believable. There is an inherent darkness and a sadness to Ginny’s story. I found myself getting frustrated with the adults dealing with her but realised Ginny was incapable of communicating the ‘truth’ as she understood it. The book will break your heart. It is honest and powerful.”
“I thought that the author created authentic voices for each of his characters, not just for Ginny, and his convincing story-telling rapidly drew me into the confusing world they were all experiencing. I have had a lot of experience of placing children with adoptive and foster families and thought that he brought alive, in an entirely credible way, the very real struggles Ginny’s adoptive parents faced when they were confronted with Ginny’s apparent rejection of the loving and caring they were offering her…I was reminded me of how full of admiration I feel for the resilience and commitment of adoptive and foster parents who are prepared to do all they can to ensure a better future for children who need their care.”
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About the author
Benjamin Ludwig is a middle school language arts teacher, who has been teaching both children and adults since 1997. He believes strongly in supporting the voiceless and the displaced, especially their need for attachment. Shortly after he and his wife were married they became foster parents, and adopted their first placement: a teenager with autism and developmental disabilities. The Original Ginny Moon was inspired in part by conversations he had with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices. He hopes to adopt again after his daughter transitions into adulthood. Benjamin lives in New Hampshire.
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig, published by HQ on 1 June, 2017, in hardback
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