Ginny Moon (Hardcover)
This is the heart-wrenching story of a completely misunderstood autistic teen who has been shuffled from one foster home to another after suffering trauma and abuse in her birth home. Ludwig gives Ginny an authentic voice and highlights the tensions and frustrations of the adults in Ginny's life as they misinterpret her behavior again and again. Similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, this novel helps us gain insight into individuals who cannot always be heard and the people who do so much to help them.— From Phyllis
May 2017 Indie Next List
“In a novel both heartwarming and heartbreaking, Benjamin Ludwig draws you into Ginny Moon's world and has you holding your breath until the last page. Told from Ginny's perspective, the story gives readers the unique advantage of seeing the world in all its confusion through the eyes and mind of a 13-year-old autistic girl. Taken from an abusive mother when she was nine, Ginny has struggled within the foster care system for several years, finally ending up with her current 'forever family.' Ginny is lovable yet frustrating, and totally unforgettable!”
— Maxwell Gregory, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL
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. Note from the Publisher: The original printing of this book features a creative distressed-look on the cover design.