Under the Moon
Written by: Deborah Kerbel
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.40" x 8.00"
Publication Date: Jan 18, 2012
YAF058060 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression
YAF037000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Loners & Outcasts
YAF022000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Girls & Women
Shortlisted, 2012 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Text
Commended, 2012 Resource Links Year's Best
“Deborah Kerbel has given her readers an excellent coming-of-age young adult novel … [the novel] will be nominated for awards. It is certainly deserving! Highly Recommended.” ****/4 Stars
— CM Magazine
“[A] gently touching, often funny story of grief, anxiety and loneliness — and of the surprise and pleasure of those rare points of contact that drive that loneliness away.”
— Canadian Children's Book News
“Kerbel interweaves light humourous moments with serious insights about how to live one’s life to the fullest, making for a wonderful story.”
— Mabel's Fables Bookstore
“Deborah Kerbel effectively portrays the turmoil of the teen heart and mind: apprehensive of the unknown, like the obscurity of the dark night, while still hopeful for possibilities that glimmer in the moon.”
— CanLit for Little Canadians
Lily MacArthur has never been much of a sleeper, but since the death of her Aunt Su, she’s lost the ability to sleep completely. Night after night she goes to bed and waits for the sun to rise, without catching a wink of sleep. As she pushes people away by day, her closest friend becomes the night-time moon. Looking for a way to spend her sleepless nights, she slips out of the house. She meets Ben, who works the night shift at the local drive-thru. A newcomer to town, Ben has a troubled past — and future — that he keeps from Lily.
As Lily’s sleeplessness begins to destroy her health, she has no idea that Ben holds the key to finding her sleep and saving her life. But first, she has to find a way to save his.