The World According to Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Ginny is a 14 year old girl with autism, who struggles, with hampered reasoning, to figure out who she is and where she belongs.
After years of childhood trauma, Ginny was removed from the care of her drug-addicted biological mother. Nine at the time, she went from one foster home to another before finally being adopted by a couple who hadn’t expected to have a child of their own. But a baby does come along, which complicated things for Ginny. In subsequent days, through much subterfuge and with the help of friends and the Internet, she reconnects with her biological mother. Her focus – drive – compulsion is retrieving her Baby Doll, which she left at her mother’s apartment when the police took her away five years before.
Told in the first person, this book is Ginny’s voice all the way, meaning that the readers are taken deep into the mind of an autistic child. Granted Ginny is at only one point on the spectrum. Still, her thought process is fascinating.
Definitely a worthwhile, straightforward, well-crafted, emotional read. (It does have a happy ending but there were times I really worried about Ginny.) This book pulls you in right from the start!
We will be meeting on-line and in person to discuss this book on July 27th at 6:00 pm.