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Moonpenny Island

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Strong messages, role models in absorbing coming-of-ager.

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MOONPENNY ISLAND is an absorbing and intriguing early coming-of-age story that big kids and tweens will really relate to. Heroine Flor, who's 11, faces all kinds of loss at the same time her understanding of her world and her place in it is evolving and deepening. Strong family bonds and colorful, intriguing characters round out the vivid small-town world created by author Tricia Springstubb.

Some of the symbolism and metaphor (the town clock that hasn't worked in years, Flor's scary dreams in which she's about to fall from a ledge) provide a great introduction to those literary devices for younger readers. The plot and intrigue unfold at a steady pace that builds nicely and keeps the pages turning. The ending's a bit abrupt, but it will encourage further thought about what Flor's future will hold.

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