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"When humans are near, a hamster's peace is scattered like Maple seeds. The flurry of activity catches us in a sudden gust of spinning, spinning, until it dies and all is still, as if stillness was the only mood of the world." In such passages, Wapole displays a poetic sensibility. There's strong, elegant writing here.  - Kirkus Reviews


The Feast of the Moon appropriately addresses the needs and wants of its audience. Its emphasis on diligence, resourcefulness and conflict resolution speaks to core human values which transcend time and space and age. - Glen Philips, Publisher of Front Porch Review:

About the Author

Brian began telling himself stories when he was five years old and is pleased to be sharing the experience with a wider audience. He is a former high school English teacher, storyteller, musician, dock-loader, construction laborer and salesman. He is currently a free-lance writer, private tutor and fiction expert for the Schaumburg Township District Public Library. Born and raised in Chicago, IL and a graduate of North Park University, Brian is writing a sequel to Feast of the Moon as well as a novel about the ghost of a seventeen-year old boy striving to get the most out of death.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146813535X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468135350
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,348,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian started telling stories to himself when he was five years old and is pleased to be sharing the experience with a wider audience...now that he has published his first novel, The Feast of the Moon. He is a former high school English teacher, storyteller (for hire), musician, dock-loader, construction laborer and salesman. He is currently a free-lance writer, private tutor and fiction expert for the Schaumburg Library.

Brian was born and raised in Chicago, IL. A graduate of North Park University in Chicago, he now lives in Schaumburg, IL.

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A great read for kids ages 8-12. Similar to Wind in the Willows and Watership Down. It is great for parents to read too and can lead to positive discussions about what it means to be a friend and the meaning of courage. Terrific gift for the kids on your list.
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I loved this book! I especially loved the characters and how they were described. If I rated this book from 1-10 it would be an 11. It is a ten+ book in terms of understanding the concepts and characters. It doesn't have bad language or any concepts that are inappropriate. I think everyone should read this book especially if you have a hamster! :) Meghan age 11
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Very imaginative and engaging. This text works on many levels....independent reading, read aloud, guided reading. I like that it is fantasy fiction with a "lesson". In some ways it reads like a fable. It invites the reader to dig for deeper meaning.
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I got this book to read to my kids (ages 11, 8 and 5) at night. I remember really liking Watership Down when I was young and by the description, The Feast of the Moon, seemed along those lines. A tale told from the perspective of a hamster sounded like something all three of my kids could enjoy. The story is told really really well. My older two kids read plenty of chapter books, and many current ones seem to dumb down the language, I suppose in an effort to make it more reader friendly? I was very happy that this writer assumes his reader, be they a kid or an adult, has a command of the English language and can read a story laced with descriptive analogies, varied vocabulary and unexpected situations. The hero hamster comes across as a very thoughtful, insightful and yes, "honorable" fellow. My 11 year old actually got impatient waiting for the nightly reading sessions and took the book to read on his own during the day. I'm not a fan of rodents at all, and I came away with a new respect for the little guys. Still not agreeing to buy a hamster, but I would highly recommend buying this book about one.
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I downloaded this book because I know the author's brother and as a writer, I want to support other writers, in spite of the fact that hamsters aren't my favorite little pals. But once I started reading, I was entirely hooked and carried along by the story, which for me moved at a quick pace. It's wry and witty, touching in all the right places, and altogether believable. I wanted to know what happened next. The characters are heartfelt--there are interesting ideas about friends and enemies and lessons appropriate for all humans throughout. This is a great story for children reading chapter books and would also be excellent to read to a younger child a chapter a night at bedtime--or in a classroom that had a hamster as a pet. I only hope that Brian will write "more times than two" about this world he's cleverly created.
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This is such a fantastic read! Brian really has a way of captivating his readers by using his strong vocabulary to paint a picture of the story in our minds. Once you start reading, it's hard to put this book down (or rather to look away from the screen). This book is engaging because Brian tells us stories from a different perspective, and encourages us to think about various situations from an entirely new point of view. While the narrator is a hamster and has his own unique way of seeing things, the human interaction in this novel gives us readers something to relate to. Feast of the Moon is as much philosophical as it is entertaining. We get to learn life lessons while following the main character on his adventurous journey.
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I've had cats and dogs for pets but never owned a Hamster so when I first looked at the book I was not sure what to expect. I was totally amazed at Brian's ability to capture this wonderful animal's world. A world filled with courage, honesty, humility and friendship. In the book Hamster describes human inventions and I enjoyed figuring them out. The book is humorous and addresses emotions that happen with friendship and loss. I'm now going to read it to my two boys (7 & 5 years), so that they can identify what it means to be a good friend, how to deal with loss and especially how to empathize with others. These are important messages for our children. I highly recommend it to adults and older children.
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