Year 12, Book 20

20. Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon is a 14 year old autistic girl. She probably also has some additional issues from trauma and malnutrition resulting from spending her early childhood with a drug addicted mother who did little to take care of her. She has now been adopted into a “forever home” with parents who love her but who are becoming increasingly wary of her behavior with a new baby on the way. The new baby has caused Ginny to be even more determined to get back to her birth mother Gloria to rescue her “baby doll”. The story is told through Ginny’s perspective and is really well put together to show how her mind processes things that seem to make complete sense to her, but to the outside world seem completely insane resulting in frustration for everyone. The ending of the book is probably a little too neat to be realistic given everything that happens, but is serves to give people a happy ending of sorts. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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