Published: 1st June 2017 (HQ)
‘Brilliant’ – Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project
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.
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Ginny is fourteen, on the autistic spectrum and has been in care since she was removed from her mother’s care at the age of nine for her own safety. Ginny has been adopted and finally in her forever home. However, something is still bothering Ginny about her time with her birth mother, something that she feels she has left behind and is in danger so despite having been adopted and in a safe family unit, she is desperate to get in touch with her Mum to check everything is fine.
Ginny Moon is told entirely from Ginny’s perspective which gives this book a unique voice. Given the narrative voice and style, there are obviously conversations and events that the reader is not privy to (as Ginny isn’t) but this adds to Ginny’s plight. Ludwig provides us with an insight into how an autistic mind can work, showing Ginny’s siloed view on the world. Her determination to get to her mum is astounding, the book kept me on edge a little as i knew that when one of Ginny’s plans fail, she’s just hatching up the next one! Being a parent myself, I found it difficult to read about the dangerous situations that Ginny was unwittingly putting herself in through her naivety – I wanted to scoop her up, listen to her and help her with her concerns.
Whilst I loved Ginny, I was frustrated, and a little angry, with how Ginny’s adoptive mother treated her once their baby was born – it was as if she changed over night and wasn’t prepared to listen to Ginny, give her the benefit of the doubt or read between the lines based on her behaviour. Ginny’s adoptive father was lovely, I warmed to him as he was trying to balance everything out and whilst at times he was near the end of his tether (as I’m sure many parents can sympathise) he is very loving and caring towards Ginny.
Ginny Moon is an enjoyable, unique read with a lovely main character who is fighting for what she believes is right – even though it constantly puts her in danger and gets her in trouble! I loved Ginny!
A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.