The Moonlight Man

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How can one month change everything?

Catherine Ames's father is a traveler -- he always has been. And except for fleeting visits which always left Catherine yearning for more, her father has always been a mystery to her. So when Mr. Ames suggests a month-long stay at a summer cabin in Nova Scotia for just the two of them, Catherine is thrilled. Finally, she will know her father as the other girls at school know theirs -- his habits, his laugh, ...

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Overview

How can one month change everything?

Catherine Ames's father is a traveler -- he always has been. And except for fleeting visits which always left Catherine yearning for more, her father has always been a mystery to her. So when Mr. Ames suggests a month-long stay at a summer cabin in Nova Scotia for just the two of them, Catherine is thrilled. Finally, she will know her father as the other girls at school know theirs -- his habits, his laugh, and most of all, his wonderful stories.

But their summer of discovery is soon overshadowed by Mr. Ames's unpredictability. He drinks a lot -- more than Catherine imagines other fathers drink. Up close, her fancy-free father seems different -- darker, like the Nova Scotian night sky. As the sun sets on their month together, Catherine struggles against the terrible things she is learning about her father. How can the man she grew up wishing was near seem so far away now? And how can she bring him back to her?

Fifteen-year-old Catherine and her father take their first joint vacation in Nova Scotia and finally get to know each other.

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Children's Literature
Catherine Ames has a father who drinks too much. She is going to spend the summer with him, but he doesn't pick her up at boarding school for three weeks. Once her father arrives, so does the alcohol. On the way home, they stop at a bar where her father gets very drunk. He promises never to drink again, and at first, it looks like he might hold to his promise. When he is not drinking, Mr. Ames is warm and charming. He spends time reading to Catherine, he asks her about her school, and he listens to her stories. However, all changes once he takes a drink of the alcohol. Hurtful and mean words fly out of his mouth as Catherine tries to wrestle with her conflicted love for her father. The book includes beautiful descriptions and wise words of wisdom that come from all characters as they try to teach Catherine that loving someone is not always easy. The novel would make a good choice for a high school English classroom discussion. 2003 (orig. 1986), Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 13 to 15.
—Mindy Hardwick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440200796
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1988
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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How can one month change everything?


Catherine Ames's father is a traveler -- he always has been. And except for fleeting visits which always left Catherine yearning for more, her father has always been a mystery to her. So when Mr. Ames suggests a month-long stay at a summer cabin in Nova Scotia for just the two of them, Catherine is thrilled. Finally, she will know her father as the other girls at school know theirs -- his habits, his laugh, and most of all, his wonderful stories.

But their summer of discovery is soon overshadowed by Mr. Ames's unpredictability. He drinks a lot -- more than Catherine imagines other fathers drink. Up close, her fancy-free father seems different -- darker, like the Nova Scotian night sky. As the sun sets on their month together, Catherine struggles against the terrible things she is learning about her father. How can the man she grew up wishing was near seem so far away now? And how can she bring him back to her?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    The Best Book

    This is the best, most interesting story I have ever read. Really good!!! :) By: Frankie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    THE WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ

    Do not read this book for summer reading or anything... i almost fell asleep while reading it!

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