Monday, April 2, 2012

Summer OnThe Moon Blog Tour - Book Review

The first day of summer before his eighth grade year, Socko and his best friend Damien have bigger concerns than hanging out and having fun. They have to dodge the local gang, especially the leader Rapp. The run down Kludge apartments where they live are riddled with the gang graffiti of the Tarantulas. Socko's mom will do anything to get him away from his crime ridden neighborhood before he and Damien are forced to join the Tarantula's gang. Without question, his mom jumps at the chance to take care of Socko's great-grandfather when he proposes buying a house in the suburbs in exchange for his care.

Not only does Socko worry about the best friend he leaves behind, but he discovers Moon Ridge Estates isn't what he expected. The nearly empty neighborhood is full of half finished houses, thanks to the struggling economy, and his spare time is spent with his crotchety great-grandfather instead of making new friends.

When a new family moves in across the street, Socko meets Livvy and discovers the once privileged daughter of the struggling developer of the neighborhood has problems as well. While they work to rebuild their lives, Socko and Livvy become friends and learn the importance of family and community as they struggle to help those in Socko's old neighborhood from the dangers he left behind while trying to save their new neighborhood at the same time.

Adrian Fogelin artfully weaves together a touching story of despair and poverty into one of hope while emphasizing the power of love through friendship and family. A sensitive and moving look at the effects of economic hardship across the classes of society. Recommended ages 8-12 but will especially appeal to the middle school reader.

Publishing Information

Publisher: Peachtree (April 2012)
Ages: 8-12
ISBN: 978-1-56145-626-0

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**Disclosure: I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher at no charge for review purposes. The ARC copy has no monetary value as these copies are not sold but are for publicity distribution only. My opinions are honest and not based on receiving a copy of the book at no charge.


Adrian Fogelin said...

I don't know if the author is allowed to like their own book, but I like it!

I hope readers will too. Boys especially. Girls aren't as hard to engage, but guys, this one includes a gang, some serious skateboard action and a classic car at the bottom of a swimming pool. Check it out!

Anonymous said...

As a middle school teacher, I know first-hand that it can be tough to find books that interest seventh graders, particularly boys. I have no doubt that even my most reluctant readers will be engaged in this story, as Adrian Fogelin does a great job of making connections with the content that my students find most relevant - skateboarding, navigating friendships, and surviving tough family situations.

Trudy said...

It's not very often the author comes to my blog to comment on my book review. What an awesome surprise. Thank you to Adrian for stopping by and for writing such a relevant book in a way middle readers can relate.

Peachtree Publishers said...

Thanks so much for being on the tour Trudy! Love the review! And yes, Adrian I think you're VERY much allowed! :D

Anonymous said...

this looks like a neat book good luck all

April Yedinak said...

Sounds like a really interesting story that my daughter would enjoy.

Debbie P said...

My nephew will be going into grade 7 next year and I think this book would be perfect for him. Thanks for the giveaway!

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