Book of the Week (7/10/2017)

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig (New York: Park Row Books, 2017).

NH author Benjamin Ludwig's first novel, Ginny Moon, was inspired in part by his own experience adopting an autistic teenage girl and his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.
Ginny is a recently adopted teenager with autism. She has a new home, new parents, and a new last name.

Before Ginny arrived at her new house, she spent years living in danger with her birth-mother. Her world is a much better, safer place now, and everyone tells her that she should feel happy. But Ginny is stifled. Her voice is pushed down. Silenced. Bottled up for too long now. It’s ready to burst.

Ginny is desperate to get back to where she came from, back to what she left behind. Because something heartbreaking happened there—something that only Ginny knows—and nothing will stop her from going back to make it right. She’ll even get herself kidnapped.

Ginny Moon is an illuminating look at one girl’s journey to find her way home. In this stunning debut, Benjamin Ludwig gives a voice to the voiceless, reminding us that often we only hear those who speak the loudest, and there’s much to be learned by opening up our ears and our hearts. -- Publisher's blurb.
Benjamin Ludwig will be visiting various NH libraries throughout the summer and into the fall - be sure to visit his website's news page for more information and updates.

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