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About the Author

C.J. Cutayne has been writing kids books for five years. This is the first novel for teens. C.J. was born and raised in BC, the land of the first nations, and wanted to write about their struggles, their talents, their humour and their resiliency. Hopefully BC teens will have a fun time learning more about the people whose land we all live on.

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  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Moose Publishing (June 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055MJF9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Born and raised in BC. I have lived on the land of the First Nations people and wanted to learn more about their culture. Their stories, their way of life and their traditions, I am sad to say, are disappearing rapidly. I wanted people to know how amazing the First Nations peoples are in a humorous and uplifting way. Many good news stories are coming out of many bands but so much more needs to be done. I hope that Because of the Moon will shed some light on what we have to lose if we don't protect and preserve our heritage.

My parents are Irish immigrants and worked hard to provide a good life for their four children. I am grateful to them for the sacrifices they made, moving away from their family.

Having three cultures; Canadian, Irish and First Nations to draw upon has made me a better writer with unique perspectives bound together by tradition and family. Attending the UBC writing centre has helped me organize my thoughts and polish my prose.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynus on August 26, 2011
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I enjoyed Because of the Moon very much. The beginning drew me in and immediately made me feel that Jay was a believable character. The author has a real feel for the plight of the adolescent and the touches of humour and insightful descriptions were appealing. Jay's problems fitting in to his new community were handled sensitively and I enjoyed his interactions with Grampa and all the other characters. Grampa shared some wonderful First Nations stories with Jay and the projects they worked on together were educational for the reader as well as Jay. Jay's meeting with his city friend Anthony as well as facing his Grampa's hospitalization, and finding out the truth about Gordon helped Jay gain some perspective on what's important and true for him. I think this book could lead to some interesting discussions in highschool English or Social Studies classes. The potlatch at the end of the book and the community's inventive solution to their financial woes helped the book end on an upbeat, hopeful note. I look forward to reading more books by Colleen Cutayne.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By My Book Addiction and More on May 29, 2012
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BECAUSE OF THE MOON is a story about Jay, a graffiti artist, that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is caught in a chop shop when he is hauled into the NYC police station. Jay's mother calls his grandfather that he has never met to help keep him out of legal trouble. Instead of going to a juvenile center, Jay is forced to live on his families Indian reservations, The First Nations. Jay has trouble adjusting to his new family and friends, but soon learns to love his grandfather, his stories and the land. This book is filled with tales of the First Nation and is a beautifully written book about the culture of the First Nations. It is a coming of age story and I feel any young adult or adult will enjoy it. This book was received for the purpose of an honest review.

Reviewed by Rae

Rating 4.5

Heat rating: sweet
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rhodora M Fitzgerald on March 8, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. The characters were loveable and believeable and the problems they encountered were very true to life. This book touched on so many aspects of everyday life... and it shed light on all sorts of subjects from the senseless bully at school to the wisdom of the elderly grandparent. The reader feels a sense of pride and belonging as they learn about the First Nations with Jay.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Shelton on March 28, 2013
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Because of the Moon is a beautiful and inspiring book. It gives an inside look into Reservation life and conditions, contrasting with urban living. The characters really come to life and you care what happens to them, plus Because of the Moon has some really great ideas in it (you have to read it to see what I mean).

I have worked with First Nations (or "Native American") youth teaching music and art and they are a tremendous resource that we are missing out on. Very few people realize that the Native peoples are by FAR the most impoverished and forgotten of all those living in North America, and action must be taken NOW so that not all traditions are lost.

Wonderful books like Because of the Moon can make a difference with this - read it for that reason, or read it simply because it is a joy to read from beginning to end, but - read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam Wyatt on May 10, 2013
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Easy read, good story, more for younger readers (teens). I would recommend this book to someone looking for light reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By no maintenance on February 19, 2013
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Loved this one but not really sure why. Perhaps it was the point of view. Anyway well worth reading. Highly recommend
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Jay runs into trouble. Nothing new, trouble is his middle name. Then trouble lands him on a First Nations reservation, to stay out of juvenile detention. Can he change his life? Will he avoid going to jail?

C.J. Cutayne has crafted a wonderful tale about family and the First Nations tribes. The story has a flow rarely found and instructs without preaching. Her characters embed themselves in your heart, as much for their struggles as for their victories.

I highly recommend this book.
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Teenaged Jay is failing to thrive and his single mom is desperate to get him on track to a happy and productive life. Returning to the reservation on which she was raised is not what she wants, but seems to be her best hope for her son.

Learn about challenges unique to Native Americans living on and off reservation, and be inspired by the creativity and spirit of a community nearly out of hope.

Lost one star due to errors in grammar and spelling. The story deserves better editing.
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