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Ginny Moon Book Review

Ginny Moon Book Review

“Ginny Moon” by Benjamin Ludwig

Review by Sherry Preston

Benjamin Ludwig’s “Ginny Moon” has autism. She loves Michael Jackson and being exact. Every morning she eats exactly nine grapes for breakfast because she was nine when she was removed from her mother’s home. After Ginny spends some time in the foster care system, Brian and Maura adopt Ginny at age 13 and become her “forever parents.”

Ginny is having difficulties emotionally attaching to her forever parents because of her concern for the Baby Doll she left at her birth mother’s home. Nobody seems to understand the danger her Baby Doll is in. Her strong determination and sense of responsibility cause Ginny to put herself at great risk to get back together with her birth mother.

When her forever parents have a baby daughter, Ginny struggles even more to find her place in her Forever Family. Because her adoptive parents don’t understand her motivations, they have a difficult time knowing how to react. While Ginny’s forever parents try to help her adapt to her new circumstances, Ginny just really wants to help with the baby.

Ginny has a quirky personality and provides some funny self-descriptions:

“Exactly 1:58 in the afternoon, Saturday, December 4. It snowed last night. We are at Wagon Hill and I am going sledding with my Forever Dad...I’m wearing my big sunglasses over my regular glasses and when I get out of the car I say, ‘I know what you’re thinking-I am the spitting image of Michael Jackson.’”

 

By using first person narrative, Ludwig provides the reader insight into Ginny’s very literal mind. A sigh turns into “he made a breathing noise,” and she thinks people can see her thoughts if her mouth is open. Ginny misses social cues when the other character doesn’t actually ask a question, or asks more than one question at a time. She also uses this thought process to avoid revealing important information.

Ludwig manages to entertain the reader while educating his audience about autism. By immersing the reader in Ginny’s thoughts, he provides a strong justification for her choices that confound the other characters.  He manages to compose a story that is both heartwarming and suspenseful. While I really enjoyed “Ginny Moon,” I felt the ending of this book came pretty fast, and is the weakest part of the book.

I would suggest this book for anyone interested in learning about autism, it is also a good coming of age story regardless of the autism theme. “Ginny Moon” can be found in the new fiction section at the Gering Public Library.