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Blow Out the Moon Paperback – June 14, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
At the boarding school-Sibton Park-she makes friends, is trained how to ride a horse, and learns how to speak, eat, and behave as a proper lady might. One simply does not, for example, comment on the food one is served. And to her credit Libby does not, even though "the English idea of spaghetti" is a plate of "plain spaghetti.and a small pitcher of completely smooth, very runny ketchup to pour on top."
The descriptions of time and place are wonderfully vivid. Readers will slip slowly into Libby's world without realizing it. Soon the words on the page disappear and you are there with her, in the garden, sitting under an old oak, the sun making "little wavering patches of light and shadows on the lawn;" the grass warm to the touch.
At story's end Libby and her family move back to America. There, she realizes she is not the same person as when she left. Back in her old school, she glances at the tall windows that went almost to the ceiling. "I'd never liked how much sky you could see (it was too blank)," Libby writes. But now, she realizes, she did enjoy the "bright blank blue sky." It was "filled with light and wide open to everything. I felt that way, too; and bursting with energy.Read more ›
Libby is a great character for kids to relate to--she's not perfect, and though her high spirits get her into trouble sometimes, her heart is in the right place. And she's willing to change to become a more thoughtful and considerate person. There are few contemporary books for kids that deal with the subject of manners and etiquette--and that's not all this book is about--and it's refreshing to see it dealt with in a playful, yet enlightening way.
Kids will also be capitivated by the world of Sibton Park School, with the horseback riding, dormitory life, and all of its English ways. Christmas is coming, and we're going to give BLOW OUT THE MOON to all of my daughter's friends. Thank you, Libby, for such a wonderful book. We look forward to your next book!
I got a paperback of this book in our local bookstore. I instantly liked the cover because it featured a young girl standing in front of a gated fence looking at a school building, maybe contemplating if she's gonna give it a go or just run away. The image is powerful and drew me in.
What I also loved about this book are the real pictures that Libby had kept from those years living in London, those letters she wrote, the tea set, the dolls, the paddocks, even her French tests and pair of Wellingtons. The book, all in all, is a beauty! And if there's one thing that made me really love her and the story, it was the inclusion of the map of Kensington Gardens (remember Peter Pan?) and Hansel and Gretel! Yes, those were favorites of mine and it's nice to read a novelized memoir about a girl after my own heart.
One day because of her father's job, Libby Koponen and her family move from America to London. When Libby arrived she was amazed with the scenery and people who surrounded her. Libby eventually started to go to school. The other kids would tease her about her accent and name. Libby never made any friends at the school and the only person she ever talked to was her seven year old sister, Emmie. Libby was so unhappy with her life Libby's parents decided to send her to a bording school. At first Libby is uncomfortable with the bording school and the other borders, but Libby soon learns to love the bording school and has many great adventures with her new friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This young adult book had more examples of what the Brits say or won't say,or what they do or wouldn't do in several situations than any other book that I have ever read. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by C. Hall
We chose this book as one of our family read together, aloud, before bed selections. I absolutely loved this book as did my two daughters, 8 & 10. Read morePublished on March 16, 2010 by mom
Libby Koponen's 1950s childhood was given an exciting spin when her family moved to England for a year and a half. Read morePublished on March 15, 2008 by Linda Bulger
I love this book. It reminds me of being a kid again. I forgot what it was like until I read this book. I can't wait for Ms. Koponen to write another book. Read morePublished on August 16, 2007 by Julia Rivera
Libby Koponen's novel Blow Out the Moon is based on her own experiences growing up. She includes photographs and drawings throughout the book. Read morePublished on July 6, 2006 by Armchair Interviews
This is the story of Libby, a young American girl who lives in England for a year and a half. She is naturally independent and spunky, yet learns that being polite means caring... Read morePublished on February 1, 2006 by Suzanne
I just finished this book (in 2 readings) ...and I definitely wanted to do nothing else but read it.....which lately means a lot. Read more
I just this minute finished reading Blow Out the Moon. I love reading about English schools, and I think your book conveys the experience very well. Read morePublished on January 1, 2005 by Amazon Customer