Ginny Moon: A Novel by Benjamin LudwigGinny Moon: A Novel by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon: A Novel

byBenjamin Ludwig

Paperback | May 2, 2017

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&#8220A brilliant debut.” —Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project

&#8220A heartwarming and unforgettable page-turner.” —Booklist, starred review

&#8220A powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

&#8220At 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.

Note from the Publisher: The original printing of this book features a creative distressed-look on the cover design.

Title:Ginny Moon: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.91 × 6.1 × 1.06 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Park Row BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0778313042

ISBN - 13:9780778313045

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would Recommend I love books told from the kid point of view. Always honest and rarely holding anything back. Easy read and would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read Ginny's story is very heartbreaking for me. As a mother of a 15-year old non-verbal autistic boy, I will never know what he is feeling inside. Verbal or not, most people with autism have some traits in common: obsession with routine, lack of social cues and sensory imbalance of varying degrees. I hope this book sheds some light.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking As a mom of a child with ASD this book was heartbreaking. Sadly, it's probably all too common for people not to understand what these children mean or say, and as I figured out what had happened I wanted to yell at the parents to think and understand what Ginny's issue really was. It was a great book and very well written with a good story line. Just hard for me to read
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Interesting story. The story makes you feel like you want to jump in and help Ginny. I can't imagine what it must be like to live with a teenager with autism like Ginny.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quirky #plumreview I enjoyed this book. I really felt that the reader got to understand Ginny's perspective on her very interesting life.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fab! A page-turner, emotional and charming. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read This book truly depicts the psychology of not only a girl who has a hard time relating to other people's emotions, but also of foster parents who have to deal with the inevitable consequences that arise from raising an autistic girl. I could see that the author has given careful consideration and was not afraid to point out the difficulties of both the girl who has to struggle to understand a world that was different than hers and of foster parents who tries so hard to cope with their adopted daughter living in a different world. Besides the psychological tension between the characters, the plot was suspenseful and at times ludicrous enough for me to keep reading without feeling bored.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read! Ginny Moon is a character to root for - a fresh new story, very well told.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Emotional Rolercoaster Could not put this book down! Honestly one of my new favorite books. The author made me feel every emotion on the spectrum, I was happy, sad, relieved, frustrated, disappointed, and paranoïde. I got a glimpse into the world of people with autism and how they must feel on a daily basis. Truly eye opening.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So real This book made me feel so many different emotions. It made me sad and angry, and at the same time made me happy. It really brings you into the life of Ginny, a sweet girl with special needs. It's a must read.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Difficult to rate I don't know how to rate this one - it was good, but I didn't enjoy it. The strength of this novel is Ginny's voice; it feels authentic and seeing things from her point of view helps the reader to understand her actions - probably better than her teachers or Forever Parents do. However, so many of the plot points and choices made by other characters were frustrating - I can't share without spoilers - that it was very unsettling to read. Perhaps a good choice for a book club as there is lots to talk about in this one.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Great read, will make you happy and sad!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Great narrative perspective, but a bit predictable
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest, Brutal, and heart-breaking I shed many tears and feelings toward Ginny Moon. I never met a voice like her and I am very content with how funny, raw and brillant this novel is. I think there is a Ginny in everyone heart. I am honesty so happy to read this book.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig Be still my heart, Ginny Moon, unforgettable. She is a young thirteen year old autistic girl, now living in the blue house her new forever home, with her new forever mom and dad. But...... she keeps asking for her baby doll, which five years ago she left in a suitcase, under her bed, in the home of her birth mother, Ginny. So the story begins.........So glad I decided to read this book, everyone needs a little dose of Ginny Moon.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I Expected... This story depicts the story of a teenager growing up with autism. Ginny is also an adopted child. As a person that works with kids that have autism, I found this story to paint them as being boring and always getting into trouble. Found it to be longer than it needed to be.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An emotional portrait "Ginny Moon" tells the story of Ginny, an autisic teenager who is living with her adoptive "forever parents" after two previous placements with couples following her removal from her birth mother's home. While she functions reasonably well, she is clearly troubled; the does not fit in well with her adoptive family and is confused about her life. As a retired Special Education teacher I found the book perceptive and interesting. The author clearly understands concerns of those on the autism spectrum and has constructed a story that is very readable.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Just finished this and Ginny's character was such a delight to read! The ending seems a bit rushed but the whole book from her perspective is such an interesting narrative. Really enjoyable characters and the author manages to turn a tragic situation into such an endearing and warm tale.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Interesting and thoughtful work.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice perspective The most attractive aspect of Benjamin Ludwig's debut novel is the new, often unheard perspective that it takes. The book is written from Ginny's perspective, which is wonderfully interesting. I found myself getting VERY frustrated by the characters that surrounded her, which I guess is the point, but it made it quite challenging to continue. That being said, it is well written and still very intelligently done.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Benjamin Ludwig's debut novel, Ginny Moon is already one of my favourite reads for 2017. Fourteen year old Ginny is autistic. After some false starts, she is in what is hoped to be her Forever Home with her new Forever Mom and Forever Dad. At nine, Ginny was removed from her Birth Mother's care after she was found physically and mentally abused. She likes things precise - time, questions, the order of things. But most of all she wishes she had her Baby Doll from her mother Gloria's house. She worries constantly about it and won't accept any substitutes. She needs to look after Baby Doll and will do anything to make sure it is okay. To do that, she must find Gloria. In the author's words: "...the rawness of her hunger - the utter fierceness of her desire to return to the place from which she'd come..." Ginny Moon is told entirely from Ginny's viewpoint - and in Ginny's voice. That voice is compelling and heart-breaking. There is something in her past that the adults in her life do not seem grasp. I had a looming sense of dread as to what that might be. Ginny's view of the world makes perfect sense when seen through her eyes. The frustration of the adults around her is voiced through her observations. And as readers, we can see what Ginny cannot intuit. Ginny is one of those characters you just want to sweep up into your arms and look after. But at the same time we can see why that might be difficult. We can see it because Ludwig has done an absolutely fantastic job of portraying this wounded, gifted child. He's done such a bang-up job because he is writing from experience. He and his wife are themselves the adoptive parents of an autistic teenager. (Who loves Michael Jackson as much as Ginny does) But at the root of it all, we all want the same thing as Ginny..."I need to belong somewhere..." Absolutely, positively recommended. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hope, you'll wish - and you'll not be able to put the book down.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Encouraging Enlightening, and encouraging story.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story!!! I received this when I attended an event by the publishing house, where the author was also present as well. What a treat! I read Ginny Moon as soon as I got home, and it was marvelous. The voice is so real. I can see why it's a best-seller! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked this book It was a great read! Great story!
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Love the characters, the story line. Great mystery, right to the end. Love that it's "local" too, feels like you could drive up any given weekend (wish we could!)
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Complex & Compassionate! Not the type of book I typically gravitate to, I read Ginny Moon for work and was so pleasantly surprised. The story of an autistic teenager sent through the foster care system who has finally found a family who cares for her, but still can't quite let go of her past. I grew to care deeply for Ginny and rooted for her to find peace and happiness in a world that was unfair to her for so long. This is a book to race through, with complex and well-developed characters and life lessons that will stay with you long after you've finished reading.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming I've had the privilege of getting an advanced copy for free, and I was not disappointed in the slightest. For a debut novel, this was such a believable tale of a young girl with autism. Hearing her thought process and how people react to her felt so real. Funny, sad, and entertaining all at once!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! No spoilers. Want to experience the world through the eyes of another? With the help of Benjamin Ludwig you can see the world through the eyes of Ginny Moon. Ginny is just your average teen. She just sees the world a little differently. Ginny is autistic. Her world is simple but so utterly complicated. In her mind, Ginny’s mission is clear but the world around her just can’t seem to understand. Mr. Ludwig is masterful at showing the reader how quickly we judge, misinterpret, and react to things we don’t fully understand. His characters evoke such emotion that you will want to champion for Ginny and possibly slap a few others. It’s hard not to gush about this book without revealing any spoilers but this is me gushing. Please, just read it when it releases this Spring on May 2, 2017. A copy of this book was generously given to me from HarperCollins Canada in the gorgeous packaging you see in the photo. Thanks to Cory & Kate at HCC! (And a shout out to Emma for the lovely Ginny Moon boxes!) Hearing Benjamin Ludwig speak about Ginny Moon was a wonderful experience. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-02-16