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Northward to the Moon

Northward to the Moon

Spring 2010 Fiction
Ages: 10 - 13 yrs.
Author: Polly Horvath
ISBN: 9780375861109
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Jane doesn't mind being on the road again after her stepfather Ned gets fired from his job as a French teacher-simply because he does not speak French. She misses Massachusetts, and the ocean, nevertheless, she likes having adventures. But after Ned discovers that a disreputable long-lost brother has chosen to unload a large bundle of probably illegal cash with Ned, the adventures begin to get stressful. First, there are the bedbug-ridden nights in Las Vegas, searching for Ned's brothers; then, the tense reunion with Ned's estranged mother and his scary sisters; and little sister Maya's behavior becomes increasingly strange as she pines more and more for Massachusetts. Jane has always accepted her unconventional family, but as Ned's relatives become new standard bearers for the term, she finds her family trapped in the middle.

Although this novel is a sequel to My One Hundred Adventures, it is not necessary to have read the previous book to enjoy narrator Jane's keen wit and screwball perspective. In fact, readers will be glad to know they can spend more time with Jane. She is excellent company, having the knack of voicing insights and observations one always halfway noticed but never quite knew how to put into words. Horvath's novel is thoroughly engaging, once again combining sympathy, humor, rich characterization, and quirky plot twists.

Naomi Lesley   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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Random House Children's Books / Schwartz and Wade Books

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