Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon

by Benjamin Ludwig

Hardcover(Original ed.)

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“A brilliant debut.” —Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project

“A heartwarming and unforgettable page-turner.” —Booklist, starred review

“A powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“At once captivating and heart-wrenching…. Ginny's is a unique and compelling voice…. Ginny Moon is original, revealing and timely. And, with any luck, it will spark much-needed conversations around foster care, adoption and autism. ” —The Toronto Star

Full of great big heart and unexpected humor, Ludwig's debut introduces the lovable, wholly original Ginny Moon who discovers a new meaning of family on her unconventional journey home.

Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it—her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don't quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs.

What they don't know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She's found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her—even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she's desperate to get it back, to make things right.

But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands…

Benjamin Ludwig's whip-smart, unforgettable novel is an illuminating look at one girl's journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years.

Note from the Publisher: The original printing of this book features a creative distressed-look on the cover design.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778330165
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Edition description: Original ed.
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 320,564
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. The Original Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices. His website is available at

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Ginny Moon: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book so much. It is so great to read the story from Ginny's point of view. The book gives a great understanding of autism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an extraordinary novel. Kept me on edge of my seat and up late to finish it. I look forward to more by this author, Ben Ludwig. The Original Ginny Moon will be with me for a long time and gave me a better understanding of autism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful written book! I was cheering for this girl throughout the whole book!1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book made me angry. The adoptive parents, especially the adoptive mother was a control freak. I've heard of adoptive parents un-adopting troubled children, but i've never read a story (even tho fictional) on the possible reasons. The story was disrurbing in that the adoptive mother was also abusive to Ginny after she gave birth to her own biological child. I found it very hard to like or even to relate to the "forever mom". However, that is what reading is suppose do; elicit good or bad opionons. The story also drug on a bit, but I managed to finish it. It was just an okay book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fair. Some of the main characters, especially the parents could have been more developed. Parts of the book got very bogged down with the main character's thought process. It was a nice easy read.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Ginny Moon is a teenager who’s left foster care and is now in a Forever home with her Forever parents. But Ginny is autistic, which means she takes everything very, very literally, and her parents have to be careful what they say to her, or even how many questions they ask if they want her to be able to answer and not be overwhelmed. Life gets more complicated for Ginny, who was good at running away, when her pregnant Forever Mom brings home her newborn daughter. Ginny would love to help take care of the new baby, like she keeps telling everyone she did with her Baby Doll when she lived with her abusive, drug-addicted Birth Mother. But her Forever Mom is nervous about how unreliable and unpredictable Ginny can be. As Ginny struggles with the reality of what happened to her Baby Doll and reconnecting with her Birth Mom, she will seek her purpose in life and learn to deal with changes that occur in the Aftermath of traumatic events. Ginny Moon is a fascinating window into the mind of an autistic teenage girl, and it will leave you captivated, sympathetic, and hopefully, encourage you to slow down and take life one question at a time, and appreciate those for whom life can sometimes be a little more challenging. For discussion questions, similar books, and a themed recipe for Chocolate Brownie Bites with Chocolate Whipped Cream, visit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was "tedious"
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “Ginny Moon” by Benjamin Ludwig When you decide to read the novel, “Ginny Moon”, by Author Benjamin Ludwig, just be prepared for an emotional and heartbreaking journey. Ginny Moon might be considered to be quirky and strange for a teenager. Ginny comes from a physically and mentally abusive home, and has been in two foster homes, and now is in “Forever”home with her “Forever Mom” and “Forever Dad”. The biggest challenge of all is that Ginny Moon is Autistic, and her brain is wired differently from those people around her. What is so heartbreaking is Ginny tries to communicate to the adults in her world. She has learned their rules with difficulty. It is must be so frustrating for Ginny to explain why her Baby Doll is so important. Her adoptive parents response to Ginny is that they will get a new one. Ginny is obsessive about eating her 9 grapes in the morning, and had to follow a predictable routine. Ginny loves Michael Jackson, and plays sports. Most important of all to Ginny is to get her Baby doll back from her abusive mother. Ginny is strong-willed and is determined if it means being kidnapped, she has to get her Baby doll back. Kudos to Author Benjamin Ludwig for bringing compassion and understanding of an autistic child to light for us to read. The genre of this story is Fiction, and has some realistic feel. How would any child react to being in an abusive situation? The adults in Ginny’s life are confused, and seem to have problems in coping with Ginny’s behavior, and communicating with her. Ginny’s Forever Mother is expecting a baby, and this creates a new set of problems for the parents as well as Ginny. Of course, my favorite character is Ginny. I appreciate that the author mentions Autism, the spectrum, and disabilities, the importance of family support, friends, and therapy. I would recommend this charming, endearing, and captivating novel for those readers who enjoy an emotional story . I received a copy of this story for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful and enlightening book on Autism.
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CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a story that will be in my heart and thoughts for a long time. And for this I wanted to give the book more than three stars. But I had some serious difficulties with the reading flow of the story. And that is just me, I know that, but I had a hard time with that everybody and everything has not only a name but also a description. And I understand that this might be how autistic children think, but it just didn't help me getting through the book. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago