Man In The Moon


It may be a typical weather for a Texas summer, but it's far from a typical summer. Janine's only playmates are her dog and her brother, Ricky. Because of Ricky's illness, Mama has put strict limits on what he can do. When Mr. Lunas arrives (literally) out of the cornfield, things get even more strange. Even though they have no money and barely enough food for themselves, Janine's Dad invites Mr. Lunas to stay with them. Janine isn't sure what to think and is even more confused when Mr.Lunas gives her the opportunity to taste moonbeams he collected in a jar of water. When Ricky gets really sick, Janine's life is so filled with gloom and tension, she's about to burst. Then, she has an idea. She will surprise Ricky and make what could be his last wish come true. But will she do it in time?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Preteens will enjoy this fast-paced read about a young girl. The setting is 1961, but the story is timeless.

Content Awareness Factors:


Parent Reaction

This is an interesting story. Dotti Enderle does a great job of helping you feel the stickiness and heat of that rural Texas farm. The characters are well developed, each with their own role to play. This is Janine's story, but Enderle makes it easy to empathize with Daddy, Momma, and Ricky. Although this is a realistic story, there are elements of fantasy that leave you thinking about the book even after you've finished reading it.

Type of Book:
This novel, set in 1961, offers a story about family, friendship, and growing up.
Educational Themes:

This is a book meant to be enjoyed as a story. There are themes of myths, sibling rivalry, and family dynamics that can be drawn out in small group discussion. It moves quickly from event to event and the chapters are short. Together, those things make it very appealing for reluctant readers. The story is sophisticated enough for remedial readers, too.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a perfect summer read.

Title Man in the Moon
Author Dotti Enderle
Publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers © 2008
ISBN 9780385735667
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.99
Genres Family, Health & Wellness, Life Lessons, 1960s & 1970s
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