The Moon Over Crete

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Eleven-year-old Lily has heard over and over that ôgirls can do anything boys can do.ö But sometimes she thinks life seems harder for girls. She is being harassed by a boy at school, and her mother warns her not to ride her bike too far away from home. However, Lily has one advantage that other kids donÆt-her flute teacher is a time-traveler.

The Moon Over Crete is a fast-paced, inspirational novel about LilyÆs trip back in time to ancient Crete where, she discovers, women and ...

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Overview

Eleven-year-old Lily has heard over and over that ôgirls can do anything boys can do.ö But sometimes she thinks life seems harder for girls. She is being harassed by a boy at school, and her mother warns her not to ride her bike too far away from home. However, Lily has one advantage that other kids donÆt-her flute teacher is a time-traveler.

The Moon Over Crete is a fast-paced, inspirational novel about LilyÆs trip back in time to ancient Crete where, she discovers, women and men were equal. Lily loves this culture so much that she wants to figure out how to warn the Queen that it will soon be attacked by a male-dominated culture. The Moon Over Crete is a fun and exciting antidote to the well-documented sexism and self-esteem struggles girls go through.

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Editorial Reviews

Pacific Reader Literary Supplement

The Moon Over Crete is such a right-on book for everyone, but for girls in particular, because it calls attention to the importance of recognizing the powerful responsibility we all have in ourselves as girls, boys, women and men: to treat each others with respect and equality.

Sreenivasan takes us back through Cretan history 3,500 years, to witness the past through the eyes of 11-year-old Lily and Mrs. Zinn, her flute teacher and time traveler companion. It is there that Lily learns of an egalitarian, peaceful, and nature-loving lifestyle.

The Moon Over Crete is a well-written, timely piece of inspiration and definitely a book for everyone who wants to work towards partnership.

Women in Libraries Newsletter
This book, for children of LilyÆs age, is simple and undemanding. Yet it paints a picture of a society where equality is a possibility, a possibility children need to grasp. Lily loves Crete so much that she wants to stay, but instead, she returns with a goal: she will do what she can to bring Cretan beliefs to modern life. This is a worthy first effort by author Sreenivasan, and a worthy book for childrenÆs collections.
Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Eleven-year-old Lily is a spirited girl who is being sexually harassed by a classmate. Her best friend tells Lily to remain silent, but she gets better advice from another quarter. Her flute teacher takes Lily back in time 3,500 years to ancient Crete, where women and men were equal. Lily gains valuable insights in Crete as she tries to figure out how to tell the Queen that this egalitarian culture, which Lily has come to love, will soon be destroyed. This fast-paced, easy-to-read book has appeal for girls as well as boys. The Moon Over Crete is not only stimulating fiction, it can also help open discussion about sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Afterword addresses facts versus fiction and provides additional resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780961940164
  • Publisher: Smooth Stone Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.32 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    About time!

    Lily is eleven, bright, and being sexually harassed at school. Luckily, Lily has a flute teacher who has some secrets she is willing to share. By time traveling back to Crete, a land where women and men were equals, Lily learns how to deal with gender relations in a way that respects herself without belittling those with whom she disagrees. Her training in Crete arms her to deal with her harasser back home. This book was thoughtful and age-appropriate without turning a blind eye to what children Lily's age and younger are forced to deal with today. Lily is required to make some difficult decisions, and it is nice to read about grown-ups who respect her right to make them. I don't know that I would call the book 'fast-paced' as the publisher cited, but it is just about right. The author does a nice job allowing Lily's journey to unfold and for her decisions to make sense to the reader. Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    A Gripping Book

    This is gripping book that also teaches kids about something unusual -- gender equality. It grabbed me from the first page and I couldn't put it down. The ending is very moving. It is beautifully written. The quality of the writing is just what I would like to see young girls exposed to.

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