Looking At The Moon by Kit Pearson

Looking At The Moon

byKit Pearson

Kobo ebook | September 4, 2007

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Norah, an English "war guest" living with the wealthy Ogilvie family in Toronto, can hardly wait for August. She'll spend it at the Ogilvie's lavish cottage in Muskoka—a whole month of freedom, swimming, adventures with her "cousins"...

But this isn't an ordinary summer. It's 1943, and the war is still going on. Sometimes Norah can't even remember what her parents look like—she hasn't seen them in three years. And she has turned thirteen, which means life seems to be getting more complicated.

Then a distant Ogilvie cousin, Andrew, arrives. He is nineteen, handsome, intelligent, and Norah thinks she may be falling in love for the first time. But Andrew has his own problems: he doesn't want to fight in the war, and yet he knows it's what his family and friends expect of him.

What the two of them learn from each other makes for a gentle, moving story, the second book in a trilogy that began with the award-winning The Sky Is Falling.

Title:Looking At The MoonFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 4, 2007Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143186299

ISBN - 13:9780143186298

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from By the light of the moon By the light of the moon It’s August 1943, Norah and Gavin Stoakes’ second complete summer in Canada as “war guests” from England. Together with their guardians, the elderly and particular “Aunt” Florence and her daughter, “Aunt” Mary, they are finally once again joining the Ogilvies’ many relatives at “Gairloch”, this family’s large Muskoka summer home. Like the first volume of this, Kit Pearson’s “Guests of War” trilogy, the story unfolds from Norah’s perspective. The author has a gift for getting right inside her characters, and although she writes in the 3rd person about Norah, we often feel that she understands her so well that she actually IS Norah. At 13, Norah has entered her teenage years, and her life is taking yet more unexpected turns. We spend this last month of summer with Norah and the Ogilvies’ extended family, and accompany her intimately through an emotion-laden period of her life, as she begins her transition into young womanhood. The turbulence and wide-ranging impact of the World War is always still felt just back of the main action; it’s a rare family that is not affected in some way by it, and the Ogilvies’ is no exception. The war’s repercussions are felt even here in Muskoka, where many girls, young women, and young men not yet overseas continue, over the summer holidays, to write letters to family members and friends fighting in the war, to help keep up their spirits. Andrew, the university-bound cousin whom this family adores, must make some tough decisions as he corresponds with a close friend who has been overseas in the trenches for some months. Yet each family member must come to his own terms with the ugliness and suffering of war; it is not a subject that fits easily into anyone’s life, and each must find her own way to cope with its continuing presence. This is a touching look at the inner and outer lives of a large family, with particular emphasis on its young people as they “come of age”. This volume in the series will appeal to girls of about 12 to 14 years, and to adults, as well. Boys may be less interested, as it is mainly (though not exclusively) the females of the group we come to know well. Only one thing is lacking in the book, in my opinion. As the series’ first book had a brief afterward penned by the author, giving readers a bit more historical perspective, this second book ought, I feel, to have a Note to Readers at its outset. In it, the author might remind young readers that the story is written to reflect, as honestly as possible, some aspects of the life of tweens and teens in the 1940s. She may even specifically acknowledge that book’s couple of brief glances at (much) cigarette smoking going on among (mostly) partying teens, while accurate for the period, simply would not depict reality 50 plus years later. The intervening decades of educating kids about the nastiness of cigarettes and second-hand cigarette smoke have, thankfully, hit home for this new generation. I look forward to reading the 3rd (and final) volume of this insightful trilogy. And if you prefer to read the series in Canada’s other official language, you’re in luck! Looking at the Moon has been translated into French by Marie-Andrée Clermont with the title Au clair de l’amour, published by P. Tisseyre, Montréal in its “Deux solitudes jeunesse” collection”.
Date published: 2009-03-30