Pamela Klinger-Horn, who loves books and is the school and outreach coordinator at Minneapolis indie bookstore Magers & Quinn, I received an ARC of What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren. And that means you have a chance to win it. Details about the giveaway are at the end of this post. Also due to Pamela, I'll be enjoying an evening out with Gayle Rosengren (and Pamela) in several weeks! (At least, I think, so. Plan still a go, Pamela?) (Follow up: It's a go. I'm excited!)
The premise: The Depression is tough on everyone, and when Esther's dad loses his job in Chicago, he moves the family to a Wisconsin farm. Esther sees it as an adventure, a time for new things, including the pets she's always wanted. But more than anything, Esther wants her mother's love, and so she follows Ma's belief in 'signs' as best as she can. But then, one of Ma's signs becomes one Esther cannot follow.
What I loved: The movement of the story. Esther, always looking for the good, grows and changes and begins to understand things she hasn't before. Told in a tender style with family at its heart, What the Moon Said is a story to cherish for any reader in any generation. The back cover says, "Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder will flock to this exciting debut," and that says it pretty perfectly, I think.
To enter the giveaway of my ARC, simply comment on this post and have a United States mailing address. That's it. The giveaway is open until Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 8pm CDT. Winner announced Monday, April 28th.
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