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Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon (original 2017; edition 2017)

by Benjamin Ludwig

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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. Told in an extraordinary and wholly original voice, Ginny Moon is at once quirky, charming, heartbreaking, and poignant. It's a story about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up. Taking you into the mind of a curious and deeply human character, Benjamin Ludwig's novel affirms that fiction has the power to change the way we see the world.… (more)
Title:Ginny Moon
Authors:Benjamin Ludwig
Info:Don Mills, Ontario : Park Row Books, [2017]
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Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig is the story of an autistic girl who needs to find her forever home and learn to let go of the past. At the age of nine Ginny was taken from her abusive mother, Gloria, and now, at fourteen, is starting to feel safe and loved by her adoptive parents, Brian and Maura. Maura is expecting a child which triggers memories in Ginny, that of her own baby doll and how she once loved and protected it.

Ginny becomes more and more anxious about her baby doll, but everyone assumes that she is talking about an actual doll so they don’t understand why she is increasingly getting more and more troublesome. By the time Maura’s baby arrives, they are afraid that Ginny may harm the new baby, and start to make the difficult decision to send Ginny away. The story is told by Ginny in her own words and the reader becomes immersed in her closed, careful and claustrophobic world. Everything must be black or white for Ginny, she doesn’t understand shades of grey.

This story alternates between being heartwarming and heartbreaking. Dealing with Ginny is difficult but I thought the story got a little far-fetched when none of the adults in her world, even her therapist, actually listened to her more carefully. Even once it was discovered that the baby doll was Ginny’s real baby sister, little effort was made to understand Ginny’s dilemma. This was a very good story that unfortunately was about 100 pages too long causing the read to become quite tiresome at times. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 12, 2019 |
As a special education teacher, I've had a number of autistic girls in my classes. Ginny was a combination of many personalities I've known. It's clear the author understands autistic females and wrote an amazing story. Ginny's extensive problematic upbringing made the story a page turner. A book I can easily recommend to others. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jun 28, 2019 |
A wonderful book on audio! ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Jun 11, 2019 |
This is story told from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old autistic girl. After a horrendous childhood, finally being removed from her mother, and some failed “forever homes,” she is adopted by Brian and Maura. Things are going as well as can be expected, until a couple of years later, when Maura has a baby. Then the stress level zooms, and their lives start to fall apart. Author Benjamin Ludwig has done an excellent job of portraying an autisic child, and though this tale is not a thriller, there are plenty of suspenseful moments. Because we readers can hear Ginny’s thought processes, we can better understand how her mind works. Often, those around her, don’t. This book is sure to touch your heart as Ginny struggles to make sense of things, even when the adults in her world fail her. ( )
  Maydacat | Mar 17, 2019 |
Ginny Moon is a fourteen-year-old autistic girl who has been shuttled from one foster home to another until they day she finally comes to her forever home, the Blue House, where she is adopted by Brian and Maura Moon. Brian and Maura adopted Ginny when they had no prospects of having a family, because not having other children allows them to devote all of their attention to Ginny. But as luck would have it, shortly after the adoption, Maura becomes pregnant. Having a baby in the household becomes a concern for Brian and Maura since they feel that Ginny cannot be trusted around a baby because of Ginny's autism and family history. The new baby also takes Ginny back to her days living with her mother and her baby doll, and she starts making secret plans to return to them. As soon as she starts to act on her plans, things begin to spiral out of control for Ginny and the Moon family, and Ginny puts herself in ever increasing danger.

Ginny is the narrator of the book and the author does a fabulous job of recreating the imagined thought processes of a confused autistic teenage girl who struggles to escape from her past while trying to find her place in the present. The autism story is real. The author himself has adopted a teenager with autism so he writes from experience. And as such Ginny’s struggles are heartbreaking in their reality. I will not quickly forget Ginny, the strong and quirky character who wants so much to be a part of a real family. ( )
  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
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