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Publisher's Summary

READ THE BOOK CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT!
“A brilliant debut.” —Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project
“A heartwarming and unforgettable page-turner.” —Booklist, starred review
“A powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“At once captivating and heart-wrenching…. Ginny's is a unique and compelling voice…. Ginny Moon is original, revealing and timely. And, with any luck, it will spark much-needed conversations around foster care, adoption and autism.” —The Toronto Star

Full of great big heart and unexpected humor, Ludwig's debut introduces the lovable, wholly original Ginny Moon who discovers a new meaning of family on her unconventional journey home.

Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it—her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don't quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs.

What they don't know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She's found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her—even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she's desperate to get it back, to make things right.

But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands…

Benjamin Ludwig's whip-smart, unforgettable novel is an illuminating look at one girl's journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years.

©2017 Benjamin Ludwig LLC (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Critic Reviews

" Ginny Moon is a brilliant debut.... I was unable to put the book down.... This novel has all the elements for critical and popular success!" (Graeme Simsion, New York Times best-selling author of The Rosie Project)

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Boring!

I tried. Not sure why all the great reviews. I went through the first couple hours and it’s still very basic.

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Poignant

I read this book with "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" in mind, given that the protagonist of the story was going to be a child with autism. This little lady was high functioning and her point of view was interesting.

The narration was well done. It took me a while to accept the narrator's version of Ginny with a very child like voice. But once I got past that, the narration was something that I didn't even notice, which is a good thing.

The story line is thin but the perspective and the heartbreak/heroism that is Ginny Moon was very poignant. I enjoyed this quick listen. If you liked the "Curious Incident...", you'll like this one too.

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Wonderful

As a social worker who works with children at risk I found this to be a very truthful account. It deals with things not only from the parent perspective but from the child perspective, who in this case is a child who has autism. Very informative read with a great storyline!

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  • Ellen
  • Jamul, CA, United States
  • 07-07-18

Couldn’t put it down!

Having experience raising an autistic child I was naturally drawn to this book. The story was beautifully written. Great plot!

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Moving.

Loved the narrration, and the story was gripping, albeit a little predictable. As a social worker who works with children with disabilities, it occurs to me that we sometimes overlook and undervalue the contributions our friends could make. This book makes you realize that all people need to feel a sense of belonging, or there'll be drama.

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Refreshing

I couldn’t stop listening to this book! It is different from what I expected. The author tells the story in a way that gives striking insight into the characters around Ginny. He gives information as needed without breaking the flow of the story and at times strike with moments of shocking clarity. I could feel disgust and sympathy for certain characters at the same time. It made me think of how I would respond if I were the forever mom. The characters are not cookie cutter characters and are fully developed. This book is full of suspense, and I couldn’t stop listening until I knew what would happen to Ginny. I found it unforgettable, affirming for parents who work to put their values in their children, and a testimony to the power of the human spirit to make peace with extreme difficulties in our ordinary lives.

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Doesn't get old

Getting inside Ginny's head did not get old. Very thought-provoking and sometimes painful. Left with greater understanding of living with this condition.

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Stretches credulity

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The performance was fine but the book was kind of silly in a way and caused a great deal of anxiety as you wondered what nutty thing this most unlikeable heroine might do next. It was very tedious hearing "forever parents" and "baby doll" over and over and over and over and over. That isn't the reader's fault, who did a pretty good job. The therapist relationship seems to violate many norms as well. There are some insights into how the autistic brain works, and those are pretty accurate. The book seemed to go on forever.

Would you recommend Ginny Moon to your friends? Why or why not?

no--they would find it tedious and nerve wracking. "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night is a much better book on autism.

Did Ginny Moon inspire you to do anything?

no

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Believe all the hype

Believe all the hype!!! This is a great book it will make you laugh and cry and make you sad and angry at times but beautifully written book about autistic Ginny Moon and her hopes at a forever home. Even though forever mom made me mad a couple times I still enjoyed it very much!

This book should be savored and enjoyed!

Em Eldridge's narration was fabulous she really brought us into Ginny's head. Highly recommend the audio!

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Great story, easy listening

This book was great, I enjoyed listening from the perspective of an autistic mind. There was a little mystery about "her baby" and I liked the twists and turns. Kept me interested and an easy read.