Morpurgo, Michael Listen to the Moon, 341 pgs. Feiwel and Friends, 2015. $16.99 Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.
Alfie and his fisherman father find a lost girl on an abandoned island. They decide to call the girl Lucy, because that’s all that she will say. She doesn’t seem to remember anything and she is sick and traumatized. Alfie’s family takes her in and their small village is very interested in where she came from, especially as they live on an island near England and it is during World War I. Alfie and his family protect and care for Lucy, but as the war escalates, it becomes urgent that they figure out her story.
The story line grabbed my attention from the beginning and I found myself stealing away to read whenever I could. The sentence structure took some getting used to, because it didn’t read smoothly, but I quickly got over that for the sake of finding out what would happen next. The characters are likable and the historical elements made a good story even better. The violence is PG because Lucy survives the Lusitania and there are people dying around her and some dead bodies floating in the ocean.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson