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Night of the Purple Moon

Night of the Purple Moon

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by Scott Cramer

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The epidemic strikes everyone who has passed through puberty.

Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.

But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps


The epidemic strikes everyone who has passed through puberty.

Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.

But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her -- adolescence.

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This modern, dystopian YA novel takes on a classic scenario: children left to fend for themselves in the wake of disaster. When a comet passes through Earth's atmosphere, prepubescent children everywhere awake to find that all the adults have been killed by space dust from the comet. Thirteen-year-old Abby, 12-year-old Jordan and 2-year-old Toucan find themselves alone in their home on Castine Island, off the coast of Portland, Maine. Their father, the island librarian, had moved them from Cambridge, Mass., back to his childhood home, and their mother would eventually follow when she could find a new job. Now, Abby must take care of Jordan and Toucan. They share resources and consolation with neighbors Kevin and Emily Patel, also outsiders by island standards. Extremely smart Kevin figures out how to repair their Internet connection and helps decipher the CDC's radio announcements. Eventually, 28 other survivors on the island move into a mansion with the Patels, Abby, Jordan and Toucan, where they begin to farm, perform chores and dispose of bodies. The older children face even more dire circumstances: Nearing puberty, they run the risk of becoming infected by the space dust. When the CDC announces the release of antibiotics in Boston, Jordan and Abby--who, having now reached puberty, are deathly ill--volunteer to go to the mainland and return with enough pills for the whole island. This well-thought-out novel plots the days and months following the deadly comet's aftermath, including the fortitude of adolescents as they deal with the deaths of their parents and figure out how to survive. Although the children on the island mostly work together, Cramer also gives glimpses of all that could go wrong with a society led by children. With cruelty and bullying inexorably linked to the children's survival, Cramer's novel is reminiscent of other dystopian YA novels, although its modern take is decidedly unique. The faceless adults of the CDC create the antibiotics to provide the cure, but the real heroes are the children--Abby and Jordan especially--who look to pass on kindness and camaraderie despite the intensely competitive, grim circumstances. Cramer creates a picture of our world that's both frightening and inspiring in this heartfelt story that both young adults and adults can enjoy. A heartwarming but not overly sentimental story of survival.

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Scott Cramer has written feature articles for national magazines, optioned a screenplay, and worked in high-tech communications. The Toucan Trilogy --Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East, and Generation M-- are his first novels. Scott and his wife have two daughters and reside outside Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Night of the Purple Moon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
AngelaJAJ More than 1 year ago
This story of the purple comet was a new twist on a natural disaster story of survival and coming together. The characters in this story were very real and it was amazing reading about their triumphs to overcome the death of all the adults on the planet. I found myself cheering for them to succeed in getting a cure and crying for their losses. This is a great read and I am getting ready to read the sequel. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line. It kept me reading non stop almost. Now I've read the second and can't wait for the third. At some point I'm sure someone will make this into a movie. It's A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A science fiction novel for kids. It obeys the first rule of children's literature--and how! Although some of the children are brave, others are bullies. In a world with (almost) no adults, naturally, some kids are lawless and do whatever they want just because they can, with no one to stop them. Two of the most important girls in the book had interchangeable personalities. I sometimes didn't know which one I was reading about. One misspelling slipped past a couple times--faring was spelled wrong. A quick read, and a good ending for the first in a series.
Daniela07 More than 1 year ago
All Abbey wanted was her family to be together and her friends to live close by. All her brother, Jordan, wanted was the girl he liked to notice him and his parents to finally move in to the small island. And all little Toucan wanted was... well, she wanted cheerios. So at least one of them got their wish. Being young and naive was a definite plus in times like these. When a purple comet passes by Earth, entrapping us in its tail with violet space dust floating in our atmosphere, people all over the world are entranced by the simple beauty of it all. It's the ending to a fairy tale and the beginning to a horror story. Next morning, thirteen-year-old Abbey wakes up to the sound of someone brutally banging on her front door. Her father is nowhere in sight, there seems to be a collision outside her window, and no policemen have come to the accident yet... actually, no one has come to the accident yet. Why? Because no one is really left to take care of it. Anyone who has passed their puberty stage or has already entered it... is dead. Who's left? Kids who are barely out of middle school. Babies. Wild, ferocious coyotes. A bunch of dead adults and teenagers. And if that's not nightmarish enough, Abby and many of the other growing tweens are faced with a danger far more horrendous. Puberty. It's a countdown to the death. It's not the matter of if it will happen, just when. But if a cure is found, an antibiotic, then maybe Abby and the rest have a chance. If they find it in time. Night of the Purple Moon is a definite must read. Yes, I'll probably have nightmares for a couple of days, but it's sooo worth it! Cramer has dug deep into our subconscious and brought to life the horrors and ambitions we all once had as a child. A world without grownups... and with it, everything we yearned to do and hoped we would never have to. I got hooked immediately. It's refreshing on so many levels and I couldn't possibly stop without knowing what would happen to the characters. It's a thrilling novel that will have you at the edge of your seat. The story is told in a couple of different POVs. Mainly Abby's, Jordan's, and Emily's (the girl Jordan likes). Abby was an incredibly strong protagonist, especially for a thirteen-year-old. She took charge of the situation, even though all she wanted to do was breakdown and hide. I couldn't help but admire her bravery. She had something most of us didn't: a leveled head. I was shocked at how well she adapted to this sudden turn in events. There really wasn't anything I didn't like about her. She's someone I would definitely want to be or be with if something like this happened. Abby's brother, Jordan (12 years old), wasn't as strong, but he was courageous just as well. He took on the hardest tasks and would not allow anyone to see him cry, which he failed at but at least he tried his best. It took him a while to adapt. At first, he acted on impulse rather than actually thinking things out, later on, he grew wiser. I got this sisterly love for him as I read through his POV. Actually, I got attached to most of the characters, it was impossible not to. The plot was amazing. Even though the idea is a bit scary, Cramer has this way of writing that grabs your attention completely. Night of the Purple Moon is well-thought out and well-researched. There's a thrilling suspense throughout the book, a little bit of romance here and there, some humor to keep you amused, and a whole lot of twists. It's predictable at times, but there's enough to keep you hanging on. In the end, I was completely satisfied. There were still some questions left unanswered, but this is one of those books that allows you to imagine the rest. And if there's a sequel then count me in! Overall, I LOVED this book. Yes it's depressing time to time, but it got my heart pounding and my nails bitten to the quick. I recommend this one to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! The Author did such a good job at capturing everything, the fear and wide range of emotions. I can't wait to read the next one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What's with the book reports? Who needs to read the book when most of the reviews are a mile long? I'm glad I read the book before I looked at the reviews. The books not bad. But the reviews are really annoying! I get the impression the author gave out free copies to all their friends in exchange for a good long review!
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Abby and Jordan and Baby Toucan moved to an Island town near Portland Maine with their father. Their mother would join them as soon as she could get a job in Portland. Abby hated moving from her Massachusetts home but there was nothing she could do about it. Her brother, Jordon - a year younger than she - was happy living on the island, spending time with his dad. At school, the day of the purple moon, there was plenty of talk and excitement. A comet was passing between the earth and moon. Scientists didn't know what effect that would have on the earth but the dust would leave purple space dust trail, causing the moon to look purple. In honor of this event, ice cream companies, beverage companies, etc. were coloring their products purple. Most everyone would be observing the passing of the comet around 11:00 P.M. Abby had put Toucan to sleep since she was but two years old. Jordan went in to bed just as soon as it started to pass by, but Abby insisted on staying up with her father on the porch until almost midnight. She fell asleep quickly figuring her dad would come in soon thereafter. While it was barely dawn, Abby was awakened with a steady pounding on her door and shouting. She went to wake her father but his bed had not been slept in. Where could he be? As she carefully approached the door to peek out before opening it, she was confused and relieve it was only her next door neighbor - her age - and his sister - Jordan's age. He was crying but his sister just stared into space. As soon as she opened the door, Kevin and Emily - the neighbors - slid into the house, informing her their parents were dead in their bed and Abby's father was dead, sitting on the porch. Abby frantically awakened Jordan. Upon several attempts at calling emergency services, and any adults they could think of, they concluded all older kids and adults were dead. After a couple of days, they took precautions by creating masks and gloves and hooded jackets trying to find survivors. They discovered an older neighbor man talking crazy then died within minutes. Other tan that, all adults they discovered were dead. They then divided the town up and went as pairs in search of any others. they ended finding 28 survivors. They discovered a mansion on the hill by the lake that would house them all. They next organized clean up, a scavenger group, a group t feed chickens and cows plus, gather eggs and mil the cows. The older ones taught the younger ones. Those who had knowledge of certain chores, taught the others. The 12-years-old and up held council each night to report, then rotate jobs for the next day. Things mostly went well, except each story has to have villains and twists. Kevin was a science nerd but was able to make temporary connection to the outside world. A few scientists and other adults were barricaded in secure places when the comet went by so were spared. They discovered the dust was deadly to anyone once they reached puberty. The scientists around the world were working non-stop together to try to develop an antibody for the bacteria. The story describes the motivation, unity problems, and fears they encountered. Everyone waited for the antibiotic development, wondering who in the meantime would die of the terrible disease. This is a series written in the context aimed at older elementary and younger YA. However, there is profanity in a few places I feel disqualifies this as a good book for youth. I am aware the children hear this language at school in the media, and even at home. If we are to create a better society and higher education and learning, it is important as adults to set a higher example. The writing was done fairly well except much of the dialogue and activity was beleaguered and slightly repetitive. I felt it really dragged in the middle and again toward the end. The plot was interesting and offered a, somewhat, unique idea and resulting circumstances. I truly feel the most this book review can offer this novel is a weak Three Stars rating. This book was generously sent to me by the author for an honest review of which I have given.
wolfjack More than 1 year ago
***My review (edited only for length), first published on LibraryThing 7/20/13*** (Disclaimer: Received this ebook free through the LibraryThing Member Giveaway program.) I'm an adult male and I know this book, unknown to me at the time of requesting a chance to read and potentially review it, is considered a YA dystopian novel. I really am glad I did take the opportunity when I put myself in the random selection process to check it out. It was haunting in so many ways. A nearly instantaneous plague is caused by a comet passing close to the Earth's atmospher, killing any adults and post-pubescent teens/tweens exposed, which is on the order of 99+ percent of that population. This leaves only young children and some of the very earliest teens alive, plus a tiny handful of adults that are in totally sealed environments (submarines, underground labs, etc). There is mention that the very oldest adults, with the lowest levels of adult hormones could possibly survive also, but I don't recall anything coming of that mention, no older adult is come across past that first day of the plague. Abby and her younger brother Jordan are the main characters. They have their 2 year old sister, nicknamed Toucan, with them and must survive along with other juveniles on an island off of Maine. I was impressed with how the author never shied away from presenting things such as death and the encroachment of animals like coyotes scavenging among the dead. I'm no expert on YA, but I was surprised by the "pull no punches" depictions that the author put forth. I remember being Abby's age about 24 years ago and nothing that she and the teens in the book did or said were beyond the realm of behavior or speaking style that I remember my friends and I having. They didn't come across as hardened survivalists, nor small, harmless little rabbits, just people trying to make it day by day. Without spoilers, the end of this book was perfect for the first in a trilogy, it gave a pinch of hope but in no way ends the struggle or the need to rebuild the devasted population and society. It was in the last quarter of the book that the race really begins to find a cure, because the plague bacteria is still around and as a juvenile hits puberty and produces the hormones associated with such, they become the newest round of victims. Sadly, this deeply affects both Abby and Jordan, as their time has arrived to begin that natural march toward adulthood. The 2 main characters are realistic enough that I found myself several times rooting for them. They could have been my older sister and I when we were young. There is the tiniest bit of burgeoning romance between a few pairs of characters but that just makes the inevitable losses even more poignant. The choices that the survivors have made, and have to make, especially apparent at the end of the book as other groups are encountered, left me speechless at the time of reading. The only small problems that I found in my May 2013 epub version were in my pet peeve category of typos or missing words, just a handful, thankfully. I still don't understand why some of the nicest plotline and realistic character books don't have zero typos. Just a couple proofreaders and it could have been phenomenal rather than very good. An adult may find the overall development a little youthful, no deep character studies or incredibly complex plot or multiple sub-plots, but I enjoyed it, so I'd say it's worth an open mind.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book from the author give an honest review. Night of the Purple Moon was not what I was expecting it to be. I was amazed on how the plot came together, and how the characters were written. Imagined waking up one day and watching a comet and knowing that space dust would cover things, but what happens next is not what you expected. You and all other kids under the puberty age are the only survivors, all adults are dead. How would you survive? Night of the Purple Moon takes you into the lives of those that are having to survive on their own without any adult help and on a small island away from the city. They start worrying when some of the older kids start hitting puberty and the symptoms of the space germs start attacking their body. Would there ever be a cure? Until Kevin one of the pre-teens who is very intelligent listens to the radio for some answers. The CDC is working on a cure. How many from the island will survive to be cured? Abby, her brother Jordan, their sister Toucan and their father are waiting to watch the comet. It is said that the comet will causes colorful sunsets, sunrises and a purple moon. Abby does not really care to watch it, but her class assignment is to WATCH THE COMET. Before the comet comes everyone ends up falling asleep. When Abby and her siblings wake they find that their lives have been changed forever. Not only is there a purple moon, but all the adults have died. With the help of Kevin and his sister Emily, Abby and Jordan gather all the children from the island and start trying to survive. They learn how to milk cows, tend to chickens, gather fresh drinking water just in case they run out, and most of all start taking care of one another. If you enjoy a good story that will keep you guessing what is going to happen next, and like to read what I would call post apocalyptic. Then I suggest you give Night of the Purple Moon a read.
IBlog__YouRead More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I am just speechless. I was contacted by author Scott Cramer and was intrigued by his dystopian storyline. Usually books of the dystopian genre consist of a world that has aged after a worldly disaster. In Night of the Purple Moon you read what happens the very next day. I was put into a world where no adult survives an epidemic that comes forth in a blink of an eye, and was emotionally vested in these children who had to learn to survive. You are taken through this journey with the Leigh family, Abby, Jordan, and their two-year old sister Toucan. I was completely floored by how strong these kids were and amazed at their ability to strategize and think on their toes. There is a tremendous amount of drama and heartache in Scott Cramer’s newly published eBook, that it will have you shed a tear. Night of the Purple Moon is a rollercoaster packed with emotion that I could not put down. Everyone should seriously read this book. Abby Leigh who is thirteen-years old, has a motherly nurturing side to her, maybe because she is the oldest. She seems high strung at times but it is never annoying because by doing this she shows how much love she has for her friends and family. The space dust that spreads across the planet because of the passing comet attacks hormones that are produced after puberty. Abby being thirteen has to go through the entire book wondering when the germs will attack her own body. She witnesses death after death but always has hope that a cure will be discovered. Jordan Leigh is a leader that I would follow without question. My heart broke for him when the coyotes come looking for food near their home. Jordan shined in the entire book, he is always willing to take a risk and at times I forgot how young he was while reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this story was something else. Very unpredictable nothing like I've read before, kept me guessing all the way through. Very sad all the way through, but had a promising ending leading to the next story
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. Very sad but great. It had a lot of on the edge of your seat action. The sadness level of this story is extreme. I loved the characters and was sad to see some of them die. A little unexpected. Can't wait to read book 2.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
I've had the eBook of this on my kindle since it came out and have wanted to read it since but never found the time. When I saw the audio book, I grabbed it and started it straight away. When a comet enters earths atmosphere and moves across the moon, it creates a purple moon. Everyone is excited to see this once in a lifetime event and there are parties planned. Abby is going to watch it with her family in their back lawn. The comet passes and it looks so pretty but Abby has school the next day and goes to bed. When she gets up in the morning she finds it odd that it's so quite, and why is there a van crashed in their neighbours lawn with no one around?? She calls to her dad but gets no answer, where is he? She wakes her brother and younger sister and they all debate what's happening. Next thing they know, their other neighbours kids bang at the door saying their parents are dead. Abby faces up to the fact that all is not well, she looks out the back where she was watching the comet, and sees her father dead. With every adult dead and kids dying when they reach maturity, Abby and the gang have to learn to survive.  With the plethora of  Post Apocalyptic books out there, it's often hard to find a truly unique one but I think the author has managed it. I loved the idea that the comet introduced the pathogen which attacks the hormones of adults. I also loved that it changed the moon to purple, how cool is that!!!  The fact that the characters are all young kids helps as well. Everything they went through and accomplished felt that much more than if they were adults. They all have to grow up so quick. Also because they are so young, there are pleanty of heart wrenching moments and some quits scary situations too. I cried a few times during the story.  The plot was fast paced too. From the moment they wake up to see every adult dead to the very last page, the kids are put through their paces. They have some hard decisions to make but they do so as a team and that's what I loved the most. This isn't just a Post Apocalyptic book, it's a story of survival, it's a tale of overcoming the worst things possible and it's also a tale of how a group of kids work together to live.  The audio for me was what made the book that much more. Deanna Moffitts voice really pulled you  in and made you experience the heartache much more than you would while reading. She did an amazing job and I can't wait to listen to more from her. I also can't wait till book 2 of this series comes to audio because after the ending I need to know what happens next. Where will the author take the gang? 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a three-book series, and it/they are fantastic. I didn't know it was the first in a trilogy when I first started reading, but needless to say, I was hooked by NOTPM and could not wait for the story to continue. I have communicated with the author Scott Cramer several times on FaceBook messages, and he is a real person who will actually answer messages. I told him that I was hoping that a movie studio would pick up the series for movie(s). I recommend that you go on Facebook and "Like" his page; he also offers extras to his Facebook friends from time to time.
justGail More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by how much I loved this free book. I normally never write reviews but wanted to promote this book. I am a 51 year old mother but do enjoy some of the young adult books today. I would recommend this for adults and older children. It is scary but clean cut. I bought the second one and am dying for the third - hope it come out soon!
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I was pleasently surprised at how great this book was. I am buying the second one now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive only started reading and its really sad :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! Really good! Wish there was more in this series!
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An absolutely amazing dystopian book. I couldn't stop reading once I began...it all started with a comet that kills most of Earth's population. It is about survival of children on an island alone and without adults. It is a page-turner as the children must take steps to survive even though the plague is not over and they begin dying. Hope for a cure is out there, but will any of them be able to survive long enough to get it. You'll have to read the book to find out. Jp
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Lord of the flies on a much broader scale. Interesting story. Children surviving in a world where most adults have died. Particularly good teenage reading though I'm an adult and I enjoyed it.