Reviews of "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Friday, May 23, 2014

This is what some reviewers had to say about Racing the Moon:

“Racing the Moon is confronting Young Adult fiction and readers of any age will be captivated by Joe, who wins our admiration as a stoic and heroic figure." (Deb Robins, ReadPlus, 28 April 2014).

"Beautifully written, this book is a great read for 10 to 15 year-olds. I would recommend it to read aloud to a class. It has humour, history and plenty of childhood escapades to keep the listener engaged." (Nova Gibson, Massey Primary, Allen & Unwin Teacher Reviews, April 2014)

“Set in Sydney during the Great Depression, this is a beautifully written, well-researched and deeply engaging story." (Wendy Noble, Good Reading, April 2014)

"This story is skilfully written, the pace is swift and it kept me so engaged I finished it in two sittings.”... “This is an auspicious start to what could be a lengthy career as a writer for the YA market and I look forward to reading more of Michelle's work." (Barbara Braxton, ReadPlus, 17 March 2014).

“Potentially confronting strong topics such as domestic violence and sexual abuse are treated sensitively for the intended readership, so with its feisty hero and interesting characters and events, this engaging novel is recommended for Upper Primary to Lower Secondary readers.” (Chloe Mauger, Magpies, vol. 29, Issue no.1, March 2014, p. 38.)

“Racing the Moon is a captivating historical narrative set in the Great Depression. Morgan has created a refreshingly frank and necessary narrative we must read and you are guaranteed not to be disappointed.” (All the Buzz about Books, Issue 1, 2014, p. 4)

"I would recommend this story for young people who enjoy character-driven historical fiction. Clear and compelling, this book will leave its audience with a genuine feel for life during the Depression." (Ann Harth, Buzz Words, 6 Feb 2014)

There are also excellent Teachers' notes by Fran Knight on the Allen & Unwin website.

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