Ginny Moon has been adopted as a young teen after nine years with her drug-addled mother and several bad years in foster homes. While she has settled into a fairly comfortable routine with her new parents and with other special needs kids at school, she constantly obsesses about the whereabouts of Baby Doll, who Ginny claims she took care of when she lived with her birth mom. Since no one could locate Baby Doll after Ginny was taken from her mom, her adoptive parents don’t take her obsession with Baby Doll seriously until they are expecting a baby. Serious concerns about the safety of the new baby escalate while Ginny grows more determined to find Baby Doll, and soon Ginny is on the verge of being sent to a home for special needs girls. The author draws equally sympathetic portraits of the distraught parents and the confused daughter, and in the end both move forward as a family in a satisfying, believable way. Great for adults and teens too.— Kay Wosewick
May 2017 Indie Next List
“In a novel both heartwarming and heartbreaking, Benjamin Ludwig draws you into Ginny Moon's world and has you holding your breath until the last page. Told from Ginny's perspective, the story gives readers the unique advantage of seeing the world in all its confusion through the eyes and mind of a 13-year-old autistic girl. Taken from an abusive mother when she was nine, Ginny has struggled within the foster care system for several years, finally ending up with her current 'forever family.' Ginny is lovable yet frustrating, and totally unforgettable!”
— Maxwell Gregory, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL
READ THE BOOK CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT “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.