Tuesday, July 20, 2010

HOW HIGH THE MOON by Sandra Kring

Publisher: Bantam
Date published: April 2010
ISBN: 978-0385341219
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Catty dumped her ten year old daughter with her boyfriend and ran off to Hollywood. Now, Isabella “Teaspoon” Marlene lives with Teddy and is a big handful. Teddy is going to raise her the best he can. Teaspoon believes Teddy is a saint and wants to be good for him. She reluctantly starts a mentorship program and Brenda Bloom steps in to partner her. Brenda is sophisticated, pretty, refined and everything that Teaspoon is not. Brenda and Teaspoon, an unlikely couple, discover a special kind of friendship. Then Catty returns and tests everyone’s loyalties right when Teaspoon and Brenda are putting on the biggest show at the Starlight Theater. But Teaspoon shows them all that when the heart takes center stage, healing can follow.

This story takes place in 1955 and I know from page one, Teaspoon will grab your heart and never let go. She’s a typical 10 year old tomboy who is trying to get rid of her ‘afflictions’. Precocious and adorable, Ms. Kring takes her reader on a journey through the eyes of this young girl. She’s a great singer and you will be laughing and crying along with her in all her ups and downs. Ms. Kring peppers the story with some really great secondary characters, from Mrs. Fry and Charlie, her neighbours to Walking Doll and The Kenosha Kid, the ladies who stand at the taxi stand. Ms. Kring gives her reader prose filled with similes and colloquies. This is a story that is poignant and comical. This will fill you with hope and although many of the people have their share of troubles, you don’t get dismayed or depressed. Quite the opposite. Teaspoon's antics alone are entertaining and whenever she opens her mouth you want to laugh out loud. I can highly recommend this book for a lazy beach read that will keep a smile on your face.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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