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Carrying Mason Hardcover – August 23, 2011

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'This is a tender book with a strong heroine, and it delivers a positive message about standing up for those who cannot advocate for themselves.' - Kara Dean, Booklist Review (Booklist Review)

About the Author

Joyce Magnin is the author of five novels, including the popular and quirky Bright’s Pond Series, and the middle grade novel, Carrying Mason. She is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor. Joyce lives in Pennsylvania with her son, Adam, and their crazy cat, Mango, who likes to eat nachos.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310726816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310726814
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,485,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If you can suspend reality while you read this novel you will like it better. 13 year old Luna goes to live with her best friends mom, Ruby Day, after the best friend is killed in an accident. Ruby Day is developmentally disabled and although she has a job at a grocery store, she is not able to live fully on her own. While visiting Ruby after Mason's funeral, Luna realizes that ruby needs help and with no family around to assist her, Luna decides to move in with her. Luna soon develops a routine with school, caring for Ruby Day and visiting her family. But soon Ruby Day's relatives come to take her away and place her in a home for the mentally incompetent and Lu a and Ruby Day have to fight for her right to live away from the home.

I found it unrealistic that Luna's parents allowed her to go live with someone else and be that person's caretaker at 13. Mason, the deceased son, was portrayed as remarkably smart, and competent for someone who had been raised solely by a mentally challenged person. The bad people in this novel were over the top--Aunt Sapphire reminded me of Cruella De Ville. I thought the names were odd choices for a novel set in 1958. And I kept thinking I was reading a Southern novel when it was in fact set in Pennsylvania. I'm not sure why I had that idea but another reviewer also mentioned that fact.

If Luna had been older, if there had been another adult in the dead Mason's life besides his handicapped mother and if this had been set in Georgia, perhaps I would have liked this novel more. I wanted to like it. I loved the premise of a handicapped woman being a moan character. I was reviewing an uncorrected proof and perhaps some of these issues were resolved for the final printing.

I received this novel free from Zondervan to review.
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Another book by Joyce Magnin that I thought was written for children...so, I skipped it when buying new books. So hungry for more of Joyce's work, I bought it, read it, and still remember it to share with others....lots of the good stuff that happens in life, but doesn't get written about much. You will totally enjoy it....I did!
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Format: Hardcover
CARRYING MASON

By Joyce Magnin

Luna's best friend has died and she is determined to be a pall bearer in Mason's funeral even though her father says girls can't. But then 13 year old Luna finds a bigger challenge - Mason's mother needs help. Mason always told Luna about the things that his mother forgot to do - things like turning off the stove or remembering to go to bed.

Luna feels that she owes something to Mason as he was always there for her, so she asks her parents to let her stay with Ruby Day. Luna's parents aren't convinced that she can handle the responsibility of caring for Ruby Day, a house, and maintain her grades. But Luna is convinced that this is the right thing to do, so her parents let her follow her heart as long as she keeps her grades up.

Luna and Ruby Day get along fine until Ruby's Aunt Sapphire arrives and wants to put Ruby Day into a home for the feeble-minded. Luna is determined to fight Aunt Sapphire and keep Ruby Day in her own house. But can Luna get to the truth in time to save Ruby Day and keep her promise to care for Mason's mom?

Carrying Mason is a story of friendship, love, and sacrifice. How different our world would be if we could all be Lunas. Words have incredible power - they can hurt or they can heal. We should choose ours wisely so that we always help and heal.

Advanced Reader Copy provided by Z Street Team for reviewing purposes.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm an unabashed fan of the Bright's Pond series by rising star and author Joyce Magnin. That's why I found it scary to open her middle grade novel, CARRYING MASON. But--as is often the case when we face our fears--I'm so glad I did.

Not only does Magnin have the chops to write for the children's market, but she kept me reading from first page straight through to the end without a break. Yes, plane trips can provoke such attention, but I had options.

When thirteen-year-old Luna's best friend and companion Mason dies, she has options, too. But as she sees it, her decision to move in with Mason's mentally disabled mother, Ruby Day, and care for her in his stead involves nothing more than simple obedience.

"Mason died, and now she's by herself, and Jesus said to help the widows and orphans, so that's what I intend to do." This determined veteran of the road less traveled has plenty to learn, and Magnin grants us the privilege of joining her journey.

As the story unfolds, we see the unspoken cruelties of a life like Ruby's and the gentle but flawed way Luna and others respond. We remember that love endures when all else fails. And we're reminded that everybody matters to God.

Kudos once more to Magnin for creating characters I'd know if I met them on the street, for writing dialogue so real I can hear it as I read, and for pouring truth through story in a way that moves me to step back in awe.

And read straight through to the end.
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Format: Hardcover
Carrying Mason
by Joyce Magnin

Rating: 3 stars

Ruby Day isn't like everyone else in her small town. Her disability draws the attention of her small community, but not always in a positive way. After Ruby Day loses her only son in an accident, his best friend Luna decides that it is now up to her to move in to look after Ruby Day. When Ruby's Aunt shows up to escort her to back to Philadelphia to a hospital for the feebleminded, she finds out how determined a town is to save one of their own.

I enjoyed this novel for several reasons. I like to see strong female characters who are both likeable and believable. The religious aspect of the novel was meaningful without being too 'in your face.'

While I understand the 'small town' atmosphere written into the storyline, somehow the southern dialect didn't work for me. It seemed a little stereotypical instead of coming off genuine for the characters. However, it was wasn't enough to distract from the overall message.
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