Find the Moon
A Believable Story That Stays With You
by Beth Fehlbaum
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Pub Date 10 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2023
For as long as she can remember, Kvlie Briscoe's been searching for the moon even though she has no idea why it soothes her. Placed in an impossible situation by her mother, Kylie cries for help. It brings rescuers and a new life, but it feels more like a death sentence when she is separated from her three-year-old sister Aliza, the only person Kylie's ever really loved.
Now she's in tiny Patience, Texas, with her eccentric potty-mouthed grandmother, ever-patient stargazing grandfather, an uncle who reminds her a lot of a cop who terrified her during a drug bust, a herd of Norwegian Dwarf goats, their "guard donkeys," and three canine roommates occupying. Kylie's former nursery.
When the authorities make a mistake that could cost her everything, Kylie must decide whether to tell the truth--all of it-in order to save herself and her sister.
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See Kirkus Review here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/beth-fehlbaum/find-the-moon/
Chris Crutcher, recipient of numerous prestigious literary awards, said of FIND THE MOON, “Find the Moon is one of those wonderful novels that compels readers to close the back cover, saying, ‘That’s me.’ Beth Fehlbaum has written Find the Moon with unique authenticity. It is a story you will believe, and one that will stay with you. This novel is going to be around for a while!”
“From page one, you want Kylie to be all right. By page ten, you want her to believe she deserves to be all right. A gripping, heart-wrenching, affirming read.”
~ Ellen Hopkins, award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles, three novels for adults, and thirteen NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse
"Heart-wrenching. From beginning to end, I ugly-cried through an entire box of Kleenex. Readers can’t help but fall in love with and cheer for Kylie, a survivor and overcomer."
~ Christine Kohler, author of NO SURRENDER SOLDIER (Simon & Schuster)
“Beth Fehlbaum vividly writes about teens in impossible situations. Her characters try their best to use every ounce of their strength to cope with unfair and neglectful circum- stances. But Beth's writing goes further than the inner struggle of abused and forgotten children. The miracles forged from group involvement and support are realistically depicted in this and all the other Fehlbaum novels. Kylie in Find The Moon is this lost character until she finds and uses the always-there-if-you-look-for-it group support to cope with abuse and build meaning for a better and bigger future.”
~ Dr. Matt Jaremko, Co-author with Beth Fehlbaum of TRAUMA RECOVERY: SESSIONS WITH DR. MATT
“Both heartbreaking and joyfully uplifting, this is the story of the bravery and resilience of a girl who has lived life at its absolute worst and found her way out, often in spite of her- self. Kylie is a superhero, braver and stronger than she ever believed she could be. I couldn’t put it down.”
~Debbie VanZandt, Librarian, Tuloso-Midway High School, Corpus Christi, TX and Vice-President, Teen Bookfest by the Bay
“Equal parts grit and grace, Find the Moon is a harrowing, hopeful triumph! Once again, Beth Fehlbaum proves herself a rockstar truth-teller at the top of her game.”
~ Steven Parlato, Author of THE NAMESAKE and
THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL
Review requests submitted to Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal, Horn Book, YA Books Central, and independent book bloggers.
Blog Hop via Lone Star Literary in early spring.
The author is appearing at Teen Bookfest by the Bay in Corpus Christi, Texas, on February 4, 2023, and other book fests in 2023 (TBD.)