Staff Review: "Listen to the Moon"
Skipping school while out fishing with his father near the island of St. Helen's, Alfie and his father discover a half-starved, injured young girl who is barely alive on the small uninhabited island. Where she came from is a mystery since she is not speaking. His family cares for her, names her Lucy, and as their relationship grows and she becomes a part of their family, they fiercely love and want to protect her. The townspeople, including a cruel school teacher, conclude that she’s German and therefore the enemy, because she had a gray blanket with her with German words on it. Based on a true story about the sinking of the Lusitania, this beautifully written historical novel is definitely another winner from Michael Morpurgo, author of “War Horse.” Written for tweens, this timely novel is a significant one, reminding readers of the often irreparable damage that fear, suspicion, hate, and bigotry can render. It will tear at your heartstrings and alternatively affirm your belief in the power of love.