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Kid Konnection: The Trouble with Half a Moon

April 2, 2011

Sometimes it seems like thirteen year old Dellie’s parents are too strict, but when you think about it, it’s easy to understand why.  Dellie’s little brother, Louis, was killed in an accident recently and the projects aren’t exactly the safest place to live.   Dellie’s family still hasn’t gotten over Louis’s death, so when five year old Corey and his mother move into their building, the family is instantly drawn to him.

When it seems that Corey is being abused and neglected, Dellie steps in to try to protect and take care of him.  She feels like she has to, since she failed to protect Louis.  With the help of her family and a special neighbor, Dellie comes to realize that she did all that she could for Louis and it’s time to leave the past behind.

I really enjoyed The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante.  The book is well written, thought provoking, and inspiring.  Dellie is a great character who a lot of young readers will be able to relate to.  She feels guilt, but she also wants to live life to its fullest.  She’s hurt when she has trouble with a friend and elated when she finds out a boy likes her.

I really liked the fact that Dellie’s parents immigrated from Puerto Rico and live in the projects.  They’re the working poor, though, and are definitely involved in Dellie’s life.  Their neighbors consist of a poor single mom, a Jamaican woman, and a single mom who is down on her luck after losing a great job.  I loved them for their diversity and because I think it’s important for kids in situations like that to have characters they can relate to and it’s also important for kids who aren’t in situations like that to read about what life is like for others.

As you would expect, life isn’t always easy for Dellie and her neighbors in the projects, but since this is a young adult novel, it’s not portrayed too violently or graphically.  As a matter of fact, I thought it was probably portrayed a little ideally, but since I’ve never lived in the projects, I can’t say for sure.

The Trouble with Half a Moon is marketed for the YA audience, but I wouldn’t hesitate to put it in the hands of a mature middle grade reader.  This would be a great book to read along with a child, because it could open up lots of great discussions.

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2011 6:07 am

    I hope many young people will read this.

  2. April 2, 2011 7:14 am

    This sounds like a great MG book. I have it on my pile and have been meaning to get to it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. April 2, 2011 8:19 am

    This sounds like a book many readers would enjoy. Nice review!

  4. April 2, 2011 8:54 am

    I always enjoyed reading YA books with my boys, and the best part was sharing. thank you for a great review. Love that they are usually not too graphic, enough with graphics already.

  5. April 2, 2011 9:28 am

    That sounds like a great middle-grade book, especially since it’s inspiring and thought-provoking. Thanks for the review!

  6. April 2, 2011 9:58 am

    This sounds like a really worthwhile book — and I love the fact that it may be appropriate for a middle grade reader; I think that age is in some ways the hardest to find good books for.

  7. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 2, 2011 10:27 am

    The story and diversity make this one look like a great gift for a girl I know. Thanks 🙂

  8. April 2, 2011 10:43 am

    I’m always looking for good diversity titles for my 10-year-old. Sounds like this would be perfect for her! Thanks.

  9. April 2, 2011 11:06 am

    Sounds like this book has a good message for kids!

  10. April 2, 2011 12:31 pm

    I will keep this in mind because my daughter and I read a lot of books together. I am always on the lookout for books that show my daughter a different side to life.

  11. April 2, 2011 1:16 pm

    Sounds like a good book for kids to read 🙂

  12. April 2, 2011 6:19 pm

    Going to mention this one to my friends with kids.

  13. April 2, 2011 7:42 pm

    I have many mature readers who would really enjoy this one!

  14. April 2, 2011 8:12 pm

    Sounds like a thoughtful and important book.

  15. April 3, 2011 1:37 pm

    This does sound like a great book, and I really like that it deals with a family who is economically oppressed. For many kids today, that is becoming a reality, and it’s very cool to know that this book is out there for them. I might have to get this into Melissa’s hands. Thanks for the great review, as always 🙂

  16. April 3, 2011 5:37 pm

    Hi!
    Sounds like a great book. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

  17. April 7, 2011 5:50 pm

    Thanks for a recommendation of a good YA book that’s not Teen Noir! Will have to pass this on to my little sis.

  18. April 8, 2011 6:40 am

    I like to hear that this one would be appropriate and appealing for a mature middle grade audience as well.

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