Man in the Moon

Man in the Moon

eBook - 2008
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Janine prepares for a boring summer on her family's property in the middle of nowhere, but when Mr. Lunas, a strange man who saved Janine's father's life, arrives through the cornfields, mysterious things begin happening
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780375848964
0375848967
Branch Call Number: eBook--Juvenile
Characteristics: 152 pages ; 20 cm

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mmcbeth29
Dec 30, 2014

This story takes place in 1961 Texas. It is summer break. Janine's brother Ricky has had a lifelong illness and struggles with the heat. A visitor comes--Mr. Lunas who saved Janine's father's life in the war. Janine's family is struggling with poverty, her father cannot find work and they are unable to afford the care Ricky needs. Mr. Lunas is an unusual man. He grows fat with the waxing moon cycle and thins again as the moon wanes. Janine witnesses him working some sort of magic and believes him to be the man in the moon.

I struggled to wrap my head around this story. Why did Mr. Lunas come a second time to save this particular family if he is indeed the man in the moon? Who is the man in the moon? What was the gift Mr. Lunas left behind for Janine and what was she to do with it? Obviously this story involves a bit of magic because everything magically got better because Mr. Lunas appeared.

This story was very well written, but quite abstract. It is advertized for grades 3-7. I think the upper grades of this range will get more out of it because of the difficult topics and the complex story line.

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