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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8–Life has changed for injustice-fighting Lucy Moon. Not only is junior high less accepting than elementary school of her activism in support of animal rights, workers of the world, and other causes, but there are also those annoying boys who run a pencil up girls spines to check their development. But even more troubling is the fact that her mother has left for an extended photography trip around the country, leaving her with her detached father. To top it off, the towns richest citizen, Miss Wiggins, has fenced off her beloved sledding hill. True to form, Lucy organizes a Free Wiggins Hill campaign that at first excites her fellow students, and then turns them against her and lands her in a heap of trouble at school. Timberlake develops her feisty character through believable dialogue, both externally with her father, friends, and teachers, and internally, as she struggles with the value of fighting wrong in the face of escalating difficulties, including detention and Youth Action with horrible Mrs. Mudd. The carefully crafted plot moves through most of the school year as Lucy endures her mothers absence and Miss Wigginss powerful influence in the town of Turtle Rock, MN, first with depression and then with growing anger. Ultimately, all the plot threads pull together to create a satisfying conclusion.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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About the Author

Amy Timberlake won the Golden Kite Award for her picture book,The Dirty Cowboy. She has worked as a book reviewer and columnist, a children's bookseller, a book event coordinator, and as the Public Information Officer at the Virginia Commission for the Arts.That Girl Lucy Moonis her first novel. Amy lives with her husband in Chicago, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786852984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786852987
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amy Timberlake's most recent book is One Came Home which will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in January 2013. She's also the author of That Girl Lucy Moon (Hyperion Books for Children) and The Dirty Cowboy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). That Girl Lucy Moon was chosen as a Book Sense Pick, a NYPL's "100 Titles for Reading & Sharing," a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2007, a 2007 Amelia Bloomer Book, and the winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award.

Her previous book, The Dirty Cowboy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) won SCBWI's Golden Kite Award, a Parents Choice Gold Medal, an International Reading Association 2004 Notable Book Citation, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, First Prize in the 2004 Marion Vannett Ridgway Awards, Finalist for the Spur Award (Western Writers of America), Finalist for Southeast Booksellers Association 2004 Book Award, and was recently adapted into a musical for children by Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on October 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
During the entire time I spent reading THAT GIRL LUCY MOON, I kept having the feeling that Lucy, the main character, was a girl who reminded me of someone else. Some other young girl that I'd read about in another book; someone similar, and yet different. Finally, it came to me. Lucy Moon reminds me of that wonderful free spirit, Stargirl Caraway, from Jerry Spinelli's award-winning young adult novel, Stargirl (Readers Circle). Believe me, this isn't a bad thing. If you've read Stargirl (Readers Circle), you'll know what I mean. If you haven't, that's okay, because you're about to get a big does of free spirit-ism, activism, elitism, and a whole bunch of other -ism's when you dive into your copy of THAT GIRL LUCY MOON.

Having just started middle school, Lucy quickly realizes that she's stepped foot on another planet--and that all of her schoolmates have suddenly turned into hormone-driven, soul-spitting aliens. Up until now, Lucy has always been a girl who has known her place in the world, has known her purpose and the things that drive her. She's always known that her parents love her (her mother, the equally free spirited artist, and her father, who can sometimes be distant), that it's her destiny to fight for those who can't fight for themselves, and that her best friend, Zoe, will always be by her side.

Lucy's defense of her green and yellow hemp hat is soon forgotten, though, when two kids from her school are arrested for sledding on Wiggins Hill.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was born contrary. Should you crow a little too loudly about how good this thing or that thing is, I immediately decide to set about sniffing out its flaws. I don't want to come across as easily won over. Never. You see where this is leading, don't you? For a while now I haven't been able to so much as glance at a children's literature blog without eventually seeing the writer go into fits of pure ecstasy over Amy Timberlake's, "The Girl Lucy Moon". Was I going to be so easily swayed by the pack? No sir! This "Lucy Moon" business was going to have to do a puh-reety good job if it wanted to win my heart any time soon. Thus thinking I picked it up, gave it a look-see and... uh...

Okay, fine.

I really really liked it. I've a soft-spot in my heart for books of kiddie activism. The excellent writing, plotting, and arc of the title just happened to be a nice plus.

Up until this moment in time, Lucy Moon has enjoyed a certain amount of infamy. Everyone in her elementary school knew who she was. She was the kid with the extra long braids and the yellow and green hemp hat that, when asked to remove the article, would launch into a well-rehearsed dialogue on the exploitation of Mexican workers, sometimes managing to work in a small "and did you know that hemp should be legal" speech on the side. She was the one who defended ants when boys fried them with magnifying glasses and led protests on a regular basis. But now everything's different. Lucy has just started the sixth grade in Middle School and she's not as sure of herself as she once was. To boot, her mother has taken off on a cross-country road trip in which she hopes to photograph cloud formations around the U.S.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Butterfly Review on January 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am picky about children's literature. As a librarian, I have to be. But it also means that I read...a lot. And this little gem of a book is hands down one of my favorites of the year. I have handed it to many children, and no one has been disappointed.

Young Lucy is missing her mother, who has left her and her father on an extended road trip. She is a square peg in a round hole and she likes it that way. But is sixth grade ready for Lucy?

A delightful read through and through. I true rarity in today's publishing world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This could be one of my favorite books. This book had a little bit of everything in it. It showed so many sides to Lucy's character and she wasn't just an average junior high girl that always ends up in books. The book also had lot of cliff hangers that made me stay up reading and reading to find out what happens to Lucy next or what new protest idea she came up with this time. There was also some drama of Lucy's mom being gone on a photography journey for almost eight months! It also had romance with her new friend Sam and even some friendship problems with her best friend since forth grade Zoë. This is a great book for girls from about eleven to fourteen.
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This book demonstrates for young people what most adults have learned the hard way, that many times life is just not fair. However, if we have the courage to persevere and stand up for what we believe in, the outcome may be better than we ever anticipated. But even if not, we have been true to ourselves, demonstrated our integrity, and can take pride in what we have done.
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