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 reviewA 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.
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About the Author
A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.
Narrator Em Eldridge's clear, sincere tones comfort listeners as this story rife with pain and hope unfolds...Ludwig's bright and determined protagonist is navigating a world full of people who are fighting their own demons. Eldridge brings them to life with warmth and honesty that treat even the most difficult characters fairly. The complex and intense story is enhanced by Eldridge's measured pacing and buoyant tones.-- "AudioFile"
A brilliant debut...Ben Ludwig is a fine observer of human dynamics...I was mightily impressed-this novel has all the elements for critical and popular success!-- "Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author"
[A] page-turning, surprising, funny, heartbreaking, at times disturbing, and ultimately morally complex story.-- "Eowyn Ivey, Pulitzer Prize finalist"
Ginny Moon is a wonderful and memorable heroine.-- "Dan Chaon, New York Times bestselling author"
Compassionate, evocative, and heartwarming.-- "InStyle (UK)"
Ludwig's excellent debut is both a unique coming-of-age tale and a powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families...Ludwig brilliantly depicts the literal-minded and inventive Ginny-whose horrifying past and valiant hope for the future are slowly unveiled-and the alternately selfish, sympathetic, and compassionate adults who would do anything to get Ginny to choose their love.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
An extraordinary coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a fourteen-year-old protagonist with autism.-- "BookPage"
By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, Ginny's quest for a safe home leads her to discover her own strong voice.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
A heartwarming and unforgettable page-turner about autism, family, and how special-needs children are treated.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
This stunning debut novel grabs readers by the heart and doesn't let go...[Ludwig's] gorgeous, wrenching portrayal of Ginny's ability to communicate what she needs is perfection.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"