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What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren

Posted by Caitie F on February 24, 2014

Title: What the Moon Saidwhat
Author: Gayle Rosengren
Hardcover: 224 pages
Pub Date: Feb 20, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Rating: +++

Summary from pub:

Thanks to her superstitious mother, Esther knows some tricks for avoiding bad luck: toss salt over your left shoulder, never button your shirt crooked, and avoid black cats. But even luck can’t keep her family safe from the Great Depression. When Pa loses his job, Esther’s family leaves their comfy Chicago life behind for a farm in Wisconsin.

Living on a farm comes with lots of hard work, but that means there are plenty of opportunities for Esther to show her mother how helpful she can be. She loves all of the farm animals (except the mean geese) and even better makes a fast friend in lively Bethany. But then Ma sees a sign that Esther just knows is wrong. If believing a superstition makes you miserable, how can that be good luck?


Is historical fiction becoming bigger in middle grade? I hope so!

This book reminded me a little of the Little House on the Prairie series and readers will really enjoy it, just like they enjoyed that series.

Leaving the city is really hard for Esther, not only does she have to leave her friends and older sisters, but she has to go live at a farm where there is nothing familiar. She is such a heart-breaking character because all she wants is to feel like her mother loves her. She tries so hard, but never seems to feel it.

All of the superstitions got to be a bit much, but the whole idea of superstitions annoys me, so I don’t think most people would be annoyed by it.

This is a very nice, quiet novel about family, friendship, and what makes a home.


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