No Moon

 
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No Moon
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10+
Release Date
April 13, 2010
ISBN
0887769713
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A story of reliance and resilience.Did you call out to us, Johnny, before your small body was dragged down under the water? Why didn't we hear you? I am sorry! I'll never forget. Louisa Gardener is the fourteen-year-old nursemaid to the young daughters of a wealthy, titled family living in London, England, in 1912. Despite the bullying Nanny Mackintosh, for whom she is an extra pair of hands, she loves her work and her young charges. Then everything changes. The family decides to sail to New York aboard the Titanic. An accident to the children's nanny, only days prior to the sailing, means that Louisa must go in her stead. She cannot refuse, although she dreads even the mention of the ocean. Memories she has suppressed, except in nightmares, come crowding back. When Louisa was five and her sister seven years old, their two-year-old brother died on an outing to the seaside. Since that time, Louisa has had a fear of the ocean. She blames herself for the accident, though she has been told it wasn't her fault. If Louisa refuses to go on the voyage, she will be dismissed, and she will never get beyond the working-class life she has escaped from. How Louisa learns self-reliance, overcomes her fears, and goes beyond what is expected of a girl makes No Moon an unforgettable story.

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While this book was aimed at a children's/YA audience, I think adults would enjoy reading it as well. No Moon is a short, but enjoyable, read. The story progresses nicely from the  main character's five-year-old memory of her brother drowning to her teenage experiences as a nursemaid in a Victorian home and on the Titanic, with her voice maturing as she grows older. While the novel does not stand out from other novels about the Titanic, it is a good book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.
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