MOONPENNY has its first review, a star from Kirkus. Let me say that when a reviewer (or any reader) really gets what you were trying to do, it’s a wondrous thing.
When one of an inseparable pair of friends is sent away, the other’s life turns upside down. Lake Erie’s Moonpenny Island is a tourist destination in summer and a small enclave of familiar weirdness the rest of the year. Flor loves it, riding her bike like a trusty steed, imagining the infinite possibilities of her world. Flor can hardly believe it when Sylvie, whose family is practically royalty on Moonpenny Island, announces that she’s being sent away to attend private school on the mainland. Further rocking Flor’s unsteady world, her parents are fighting more than ever, using ugly words that twist daggers of fear into Flor, her little brother, Thomas, and older sister, Cecilia. When the unthinkable happens and Flor’s Latina mother leaves the island too, Flor begins feeling less audacious and more uncertain. However, when she meets quirky new girl Jasper and her unconventional father, Dr. Fife, Flor learns what it means to really see the world around her as it is and not just the way she imagines it. Springstubb delivers a beautiful tale of friendship, family, loss and renewal. Her third-person narration is razor-sharp.The author delicately parallels Flor’s emotional minefield with the stark absolutes of Dr. Fife’s scientific study of trilobites. Poetic and poignant, Springstubb’s tale of friendship, loss, hope and heartache is so fresh and honest it will resonate widely.