Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"A brilliant debut." --Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project

"A heartwarming and unforgettable page-turner." -- Booklist , starred review

"A 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.

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

Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario :, Park Row Books,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780778330165
Branch Call Number: FICTION LUD
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 25 cm


From Library Staff

The touching, funny, and
sometimes heartbreaking tale
is about an adopted, autistic
teenager, Ginny, and her quest
to find her abusive birth mother
to retrieve a prized possession.
This unforgettable book portrays
Ginny’s world with depth and

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smc_1 Jan 26, 2018

You won't want to put this first novel down! Ginny is an amazing, engaging, quirky protagonist. An endearing, suspenseful, well-written read!!

Dec 31, 2017

I didn't want to put this down - not only does it provide a fascinating insight into the world of the autistic person, but the story line itself quickly draws you in. An amazing book.

Nov 15, 2017

Ginny Moon gives you a peek into a world not many of us have ever encountered. It was beautifully written.

Nov 02, 2017

In his acknowledgments, Ludwig wrote that one of his hopes in writing the book was to give a voice to people who might have trouble self-advocating. I believe that his hope is realized.
It takes until the middle of the book, p 177, for Ginny to communicate with her Forever Dad an important clue to her childhood. And, it slowly changes things.

alaude Jul 24, 2017

Ludwig has offered up a rare debut, told from the perspective of an autistic teen in foster care. After finally being placed in a forever home, Ginny becomes obsessed with finding her way back to her mother, despite the years of abuse she endured. It is only midway through the year, but I am certain that this book will be a favorite of 2017.

GCPL_Angela Jul 01, 2017

This book hooked me from the very start, and I finished it in almost record time. Ginny Moon's voice feels authentic and raw, and while I feared that her single-minded obsession with her Baby Doll might become tedious, as the layers of the onion peel away, you begin to understand more and more why this particular subject in many ways defines and dominates who Ginny is. Her story is affecting without ever being cloying or maudlin; because Ginny's voice is so spare, we are able to feel the heartbreak of neglect and the hardships of the foster care system without ever feeling as if we are being pandered to or emotionally manipulated by the author. You will root for Ginny and be frustrated by her at the same time -- much as the adults in her life are. You may even be a touch sad, as I was, when the novel is over -- not because the conclusion isn't satisfying (because it is), but because you enjoyed the time you spent with Ginny so much. Recommended -- a very engaging look at an important subject.

Jun 26, 2017

I don't know how to rate this - it was good and kept me turning pages, but I didn't enjoy reading it because of the choices and actions of the people in Ginny's life. 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 and feel invested in the outcome of her story.
Perhaps a good choice for a book club or a buddy-read with a friend as there is a lot to talk about in this one.

Jun 22, 2017

My favorite book of the year! Mesmerizing, heartwarming, and a total page-turner. Ginny, a 14-year-old girl with autism and developmental disabilities, narrates life with her "forever family" after being taken from her birth mother. It stretched my understanding, perspective, and expectations. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Cynthia_N Jun 13, 2017

Wow! Ludwig put me inside Ginny's head and it felt so real! It's difficult to get across how powerful this story was without spoilers but I'm going to try! Ginny is autistic and was abused/neglected by her birth mother. She was removed from the home when she was nine. I started to despise her Forever mother and father (mostly the mother) but understandably because I could see inside Ginny's head and they couldn't. Emotional ending that wasn't what I would have chosen but fit perfectly. Highly recommended!

Jun 06, 2017

Such a good story! All I could think about was getting back to the book to find out what is happening in Ginny's life now. She's a teenaged autistic girl who had a very difficult beginning but seems to have settled well with her adoptive family except for one obsession she just can't let go. Very interesting and well written.

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Nov 02, 2017

p 135, LOL: "...Michael Jackson is my favorite singer-dancer in the whole world. I have a picture of him on my wall in my room plus the calendar. He is my biggest fan."

Nov 02, 2017

p 177: "Gloria named it Krystal with a K to tell the difference from Crystal with a C."
Everything stops. Everything freezes. Because they get it. They finally, finally understand.

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