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Ever since her brother's death, Dellie's life has been quiet and sad. Her mother cries all the time and Dellie lives with the horrible guilt that the accident that killed her brother may have been all her fault.

But Dellie's world begins to change when new neighbors move into her housing project building. Suddenly men are fighting on the stoop and gunfire is sounding off...

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Overview

Read Danette Vigilante's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

Ever since her brother's death, Dellie's life has been quiet and sad. Her mother cries all the time and Dellie lives with the horrible guilt that the accident that killed her brother may have been all her fault.

But Dellie's world begins to change when new neighbors move into her housing project building. Suddenly men are fighting on the stoop and gunfire is sounding off in the night. In the middle of all that trouble is Corey, an abused five-year-old boy, who's often left home alone and hungry. Dellie strikes up a dangerous friendship with this little boy who reminds her so much of her brother. She wonders if she can do for Corey what she couldn't do for her brother-save him.

Starkly and affectingly written, The Trouble with Half a Moon is a sparkling and memorable debut.

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Gr 6–9—Dellie's life exists between the locked door of her family's small apartment in a government housing project and her inner-city classroom. Since the death of her younger brother, her mom doesn't allow her outside except when her father follows her to school, and the 13-year-old wonders if she could have prevented the accident that took Louis's life. Like any young teen, Dellie just wants to be with her friends and get to know the cute boy in her math class a little better. When a new family moves in downstairs, the night becomes a time of gunshots and loud fighting and people keep their doors locked and bolted. But Corey, a small boy caught in an abusive situation, gets Dellie to open her door and her heart and in time provides the catalyst for the family to heal itself. It's a neighbor's explanation of a large mural of a half moon on her wall that leads Dellie to understand that sometimes you have to believe in things you cannot fully see that will become more illuminated over time. Dellie's story will speak to young people who've needed a little faith to get them through tough times. Interesting scenarios, like the cloaked Jamaican woman who moves in next door, provide interest to an already well-developed story.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH
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Thirteen-year-old Dellie lives in the shadow of her brother's death, a death for which she feels culpable. Living in crime-ridden urban projects with her protective parents and the memory of Louis, Dellie goes to school and does her best to get by. She finds a focus in sweet Corey, a neglected boy who moves into the downstairs apartment. The little boy needs protection from his abusive mother, and Dellie steps in to this dangerous relationship. The first-person, present-tense narration allows readers to feel Dellie's pain and confusion as she tries to figure out how to make it through the difficult months, which are made even more trying because she is estranged from her best friend and begins to chafe at her parents' restrictions.Debut author Vigilante packs a lot into one story, and some plot twists seem too convenient. However, readers cannot help but cheer for Dellie and the little boy who helps pull her family together.Rich secondary characters add depth and dimension to this fast-paced tale of bereavement, forgiveness and healing.(Fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399251597
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/6/2011
  • Pages: 196
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Danette Vigilante grew up in Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn and lives in Staten Island, New York. This is her first novel.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    The Trouble with half a Moon by Danette Vigilante I don't norm

    The Trouble with half a Moon by Danette Vigilante
    I don't normally read or review middle grade or teen novels. But I decided to take a chance on this one because the synopsis intrigued me. I picked it up around 10 oclock at night. I was only going to read the first chapter just to get an idea of the books flow and characters. Next thing I know its 230 in the morning and I'm sitting with the book in one hand, wiping away tears with the other. An incredibly touching book, with real insight into what a young girl of 13 feels about life, love, friendship and the death of her young brother.
    We first meet Delilah, Dellie to her friends, one late evening as the sound of gun shot wakes up Dellie and her parents. They live in an apartment building in the poorer side of town and everyone knows you don't go out at night. They live on an upper floor and the shot was somewhere on the first floor. When her dad leaves the apartment to see what he can find out about the shot, Dellie and her mom are left alone, very afraid. Dellie's dad comes back saying everything is okay, and the small family go back to bed, still fearful, none of them sleeping, all of them thinking of Louis, Dellie's little brother who died just months ago.
    Corey is a 5 year old boy who lives with his abusive mother on the first floor of the building. Corey is always hungry and several people in the building sneak him food, including Dellie. She is afraid her parents will find out and put a stop to it. She's also afraid if they see Louis they will become upset because he is so very like Louis.
    Dellie and her friend Kayla walk to school together in the mornings, but because of her parents fears, Dellie's father walks several feet behind them until they arrive at the school. Dellis is 13 and while she misses her brother so very much, she still wants to be like her friends, able to go outside and play, to walk by herself to school, and to go to the store. But the trauma her parents suffered with the lose of Louis, her little brother, they will not let her out of their sight. They fear the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close and in sight at all times. Her friend Kayla one day stops talking to her and won't tell her whats wrong. Dellie's life is spiraling down, and then Michael, a boy in her school talks to her and a new neighbor, Miss Shirley, moves into the building.
    This is the story of a young girl, her guilt over her brother's death and the part she played in it, the difficulties of friendship, first romance and over-protective parents.
    And while this might sound like a depressing read but let me assure you it is not! The author weaves and incredible story that is filled with hope, love and personal redemption. It is truly remarkable how the author knows a teenager's thinking and thoughts so well.
    This novel is perfect reading for young, middle grade to teen readers as well as adults who like a well told, though simply worded book.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Touching, well written novel for middle graders.

    Touching, well written novel for middle graders.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Awsome book

    This book is buetifully worded I read it this year and I could not put it down! Being 11 I had to read one of these books but I did'nt read it just because I had to I did it because this book was just plain amasing! Definitly a book to read!!! :)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    I love the book so much

    The book touched me and i cried alot of time when i am reading it

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Awesome!

    Ok so i havnt actually read it yet, but from what i hear, this book is so good ill be reading it FOREVER!!!!!!!


    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    I had a connection my bro was 4 when he died

    This book touched me but mostly because i have been through this expecially the thinking my little bros death was all of my fault. I had the perfect boyfriend named alec and my parents and my little brother jake loved him however alecs
    brother was the exact oppsite he was in agang and stole an lied all the time one night alec came over an his brother dropped him off my parents than went to dinner and me and alec had to watch my brother so alec and i went on my porch
    Alecs brother broke into my house and shot my four year old brother alec and i rushed inside i started crying so did alec i than grabbed the gun and almost shot his brother than alec stopped me he really did care the rest of the story is to long but alec and i have now been together for three years and his brother is in jail i still have night mears from that night today but from then on my life has been a living hell the only thing that makes me happy is my family and alec

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Woo

    It sucks so good

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    This is book is a true book

    This book i so touching and i feel bad that some people have to lived with some paimful like losting thier loved one or losting a child or brother or sister . It sow young kid like me that u one is perfect and u one live a perfect life because things could happen to them or you . This author is true author becae she show that noone is perfect. U can think u are perfect but the people around youvmaybe is not . Thank you for reading my coment. :) Goodbye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    #1

    This is to #1 its not ur fault that he shot ur lil brouther my friend lil sis was killed by a drunk truck driver she was 4 or older rideing her bike with her cuzins the didnt see her and he ran her over and its so sweet how ur bf stayed with u

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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