What the Moon Saw

What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau.

Clara is a fourteen-year-old who has never met her father’s parents.  They live in a tiny village in Mexico that her father left almost twenty years ago.  Clara feels restless in her life, not sure if she fits in with her friends and wonders why she feels so different from the others.  Then a letter arrives from her grandparents inviting her to spend the summer with them in Yucuyoo, their village.  When Clara arrives, she is amazed at how at home she feels there.  Over the months she will discover both herself and the story of her grandmother as a girl.

I can’t express how much I adored this novel.  It is a magical story written with expression and vivid details that bring Yucuyoo to life.  I just have to share some of this writing with you:

“With my eyes closed, the sound of the waterfall became clearer.  And other sounds stood out.  It was like listening to a song on the radio, and picking out the guitar, then the piano, and the violin, and all the other instruments, one by one.  In this song there were insects’ wings drumming in waves, and about seven different bird tunes, calling back and forth.”

See how evocative it is, taking you through different senses into an immediate relationship with nature and this special place.  What I enjoyed most about Clara’s character was the ease with which she immersed herself in her grandparents’ world.  I didn’t miss the drawn out anguish of a girl separated from her hairdryer and DVDs at all.  Instead this was the story of a teen discovering herself and answering her own questions about who she really is. 

Share this novel with teens who also wouldn’t mind losing their iPods for awhile.  It is for people who are searchers in life, looking beyond the surface into the depths below.  You know these kids, and they will love this novel.