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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385734719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385734714
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Publishers Weekly, May 14, 2012:
"The setting and cast emerge as real standouts, especially Clare’s friend Memory, who tells her, 'Even the mourner must stop and laugh with the moon.' As this memorable heroine contends with loss, Burg balances tragedy with hope and resilience."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2012:
“This lyrical story will be consumed in one long sitting, but the characters will stay with readers for a very long time.

Kikus Reviews, April 15, 2012:
"Burg creates a vivid work of art."

About the Author

Many years ago, Shana Burg found herself in a Land Rover in the Malawian bush, investigating whether school children had basic supplies like pens, pencils and notebooks. Though she didn’t find much in the way of supplies in the schools, Shana did make many friends. Later, as an educator and public speaker, Shana shared her experience in Malawi with her American students. She wished she could take them to Africa. With this book, she’s doing just that.
   Shana Burg is the award-winning author of A Thousand Never Evers and lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and son.


More About the Author

Top Ten Interesting Facts about Me

10. I am allergic to mango.

9. Rabbit is my favorite yoga pose.

8. I once sent my father to comedy school to work on his jokes...seriously.

7. My thumbs are double jointed.

6. I was a vegetarian for ten years.

5. I never snore--at least I never heard myself.

4. I finally learned to whistle at age 14.

3. My son Rafi wants me to write this one: I have a son named Rafi. He is 7. I do not allow him to eat any candy or ice cream all day long every day of the year.

2. I tried to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for balancing on a see-saw for the longest time.

1. I'm the author of middle-grade novels A Thousand Never Evers and Laugh with the Moon.

For more information, please visit my website: www.shanaburg.com

Customer Reviews

There were some really funny scenes.
Dr. Yonina Rosenthal
It is a book I will put at the front of my class on the first day of school and recommend to all of my students.
Sandra K. Stiles
I'd recommend this book for readers of any age.
AF

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on September 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having recently returned from my first trip to Africa, I was eager to read this new novel by author Shana Burg which takes place in Malawi. Thirteen-year old Clare has just suffered one of the worst losses a child can imagine--her mother has died, leaving her family consisting of just her and her father, a doctor who seems to care about everyone else more than Clare. At least that's the way she feels when he up and moves the two of them to rural Malawi for several months, where he will be working at the local hospital and she will attend the local village school.

But this novel is more than a "fish out of water" story as Clare struggles to adapt to a completely foreign environment and lifestyle, where she has no cell phone coverage, must wear a totally unfashionable school uniform, and live literally in the middle of the jungle, with no condos, buses, or restaurants. She's so angry with her dad that she's giving him the silent treatment. But eventually the people of Malawi break through her broken heart, helping her to heal.

Burg, who has worked in Malawi herself with Save the Children, manages to capture the many wonders of Africa--the spirit of the people, the beauties of the landscape and animals, and the crushing poverty. Young girls will identify with Clare trying to fit in with the local girls--gossiping about boys and who likes whom seems to be a universally popular occupation--as well as her sorrows and achievements during her trip. And they'll be amazed at how the children in the local school manage with hardly any textbooks (which must be taken for safekeeping from school every day so they won't be stolen), paper, desks, or other ordinary school supplies that we take for granted, even sculpting letters out of termite mounds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ruth rooks on June 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Unintentionally, I found myself sitting all day, but I had a fabulous time doing it--I read Shana Burg's book, Laugh with the Moon. Like the first book, A Thousand Never Evers, this was charming, poignant, and thoroughly enjoyable. And though I am hardly the age of the characters and fortunately still have a mother, I found myself empathizing with Clare as though she were near and dear. Shana is certainly a very talented writer and I look forward to many more of her books.

Ruth Rooks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie J. Dulaney on April 7, 2013
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Talk about tugging at your heart strings. Readers will cheer and tear up as Claire learns to find joy in a new home and without her mother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Howard on December 29, 2012
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This book was an amazing and interesting story showing the reality of how poor some countries are and how you can find happiness and laughter in the darkest of times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AF on September 6, 2012
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Like the first reviewer here, I sat down to read and didn't get up until I had finished this beautiful story. A sure sign of a great read. Sweet story, engaging writing. I'd recommend this book for readers of any age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beach Walker on September 2, 2012
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As a college professor of journalism, I am recommending this book to all my students as a perfect example of a story that not only engages and entertains the reader, but far more importantly, teaches every reader an important lesson about life and Africa. Unquestionably, there is no age limit for readers of this book. Yet, I do believe Claire's story should be taught in schools all over our country. I cannot think of a better lesson for students to receive than this girl's courage and resiliency.
I was enchanted with Burg's A THOUSAND NEVER EVERS, but LAUGH WITH THE MOON fufilled all my expectations. I cannot wait for her next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alon Tal on August 8, 2012
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I truly enjoyed reading "Laughing with the Moon" and inhaled it on what proved to be a very moving Saturday. At the surface, I saw it as an excellent coming of age tale about a father and daughter that I would want to share with my own girls. But at a deeper level, I believe that it is also an important book because of it what it had to say about Africa. So many of us have a strong intuitive sense that we need to transmit the immediacy of Africa's needs (and magic) to our friends and colleagues in the West, but the message gets lost in the translation. Shana Burg has managed to take a thirteen year old girl's traumatic transplant into Malawi and turn it into a compelling snapshot of Africa today. It doesn't white wash the enormity of the problems, the depth of the poverty and the despair -- but rather paints a multi-dimensional pictures of the good people of this continent -- their charm and challenges. Children today in developed countries need to be exposed to this very different experience and feel engaged with it. Clare Silver, the book's very human and accessible protagonist has a story that does just that. By connecting young adults with a rural African community, it opens up a colorful and troubled world that can benefit from all of our attention. And to be honest, the book has the power to connect those of us who are no longer children.

Alon Tal
Palo Alto California
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By heartfire on July 22, 2012
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I've just left 3 days of reading this book where I couldn't put it down. I feel like Shana Burg captured the color, taste and feel of Malawi in this book with characters and plot which were engaging and true. It moved right along with never a dull moment. The language and cultural references were well-researched and authentic. You loved the characters and wanted to know more about them -- even after the end of the story. A sequel?! I vote yes!
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