The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman

The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman

by Robin Gregory


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Having won a number of awards, Robin Gregory's The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is being lauded as a classic. A haunting, visionary tale spun in the magical realist tradition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, the profoundly unique voice and heart-stirring narrative recall great works of fiction that explore the universal desire to belong.

Early 1900s, Western America. A lonely, disabled boy with a nasty temper and uncontrolled mystical powers, Moojie is taken by his father to his grandfather's wilderness farm. There, Moojie befriends an otherworldly clan of outcasts and wants to prove he can fit in with them. Following a series of misadventures, magical and mystical, Moojie questions his selfish attitude, and is summoned by the call to a great destiny ... if only he can survive one last terrifying trial.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942545002
Publisher: Mad Mystical Journey
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

ROBIN GREGORY is a wife, mother, bookworm, mystic, and lover of ladybugs. She studied Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Stanford Writer's Workshop. She lives in a musty old cottage on the California Coast with her husband and son, faeries, angels, and assorted wild creatures who make life interesting. Her début novel, "The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman," is being adapted for the big screen.

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The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Jamztoma More than 1 year ago
Moojie Is a Magical Winner with Lessons To Teach! Moojie Littleman was a gift to his parents from the nuns of San Miguel delas Gaviotas after they discovered him on their doorstep after the heels of an earthquake. From his early years he was a mute and deformed little darling that captured his adoptive mother’s heart and ignited intolerance in her husband. But through it all Moojie has a supernatural gift that caused candelabras to stop swaying and the wounded to heal. Anyway, I found this book to be very magical and intriguing. I say this because his biological parents had been interracial lovers which I suspect gave him his magical abilities. His small-minded grandfather that his father left him to was not accepting of a race he called “hostiles” that lived among nature who I come to discover are of Moojie’s mother’s ethnic background. There are lessons about tolerance and anti-racism that this book will teach its readers so I recommend it to all to give it a try to learn about. It’s a easy-to-read story for all mature and teenage readers. It has a blend of YA and adult elements so it does not belong in either genre. Enjoy!
Juli Watson More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a pretty well-written piece of young adult fiction, covering a lot of themes: disability, acceptance, trust, secrecy, love, magic and riddles to name but a few. It’s the coming of age story of the title character, Moojie Littleman, his abandonment and the cast of characters - some otherworldly - that he meets on his journey, and what he learns along the way. Set in the 1890s this lively tale is told with great attention to detail and language and has some fantastic touches, including my favourites, the Bureau of Questionable Peoples and St Isodore’s Fainting Goat Dairy and the description ‘diff-abled’. If you fancy immersing yourself in a wonder-filled world of fantasy, you should definitely try Robin Gregory’s The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman.
EbooksRock More than 1 year ago
The turn of the 20th century would not have been an easy time for a bi-racial orphan, particularly one who has been slow to develop and has physical disabilities, and for Moojie he has to learn this the hard way. Tragedy strikes one too many times and he ends up in the care of an adopted grandfather who does little to hide his disdain for the boy. One day Moojie encounters a clan of people living within the forest, he is taken into the fold and learns of his destiny to become a great leader. Can the amazing young boy, overcome his abandonment issues and release the magical powers that lie dormant within him? The future of so many depends on it. Acceptance, hope, and family are the key themes in this novel, and it is wonderful to see them thread through a fantasy narrative. Beautiful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young Moojie would have every right to feel like the world is against him. Born with a number of physical impairments, abandoned at an orphanage by his biological parents, and then suffering through the tragic death of his adopted mother, he finds himself living on the farm of his openly racist, unloving adopted grandfather. The work on the dairy farm is harsh, made harder by the drunken threats from his only caregiver, not only to Moojie himself but also to the local 'hostiles' who live in the forests nearby. But, there is a lot more to these 'hostiles' than Moojie realises, and they have taken a real interest in the strong and hopeful boy. Moojie is the star of this novel, he will inspire hope and passion in any reader. He may have some magical gifts, but he has inside himself something so much more valuable. I fell in love with this novel – a story about family not necessarily being about biological ties, but about being the people you share experiences with and are willing to make sacrifices for.
LuxuryLit More than 1 year ago
Fans of the brilliant Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro, are certain to enjoy The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory. They both feature young protagonists who find themselves within a family where they don't fit, and they both escape into a magical world, where they have the power to make a real difference. Moojie finds respite from his difficult life in the world of a magical and mythical clan. He learns that he has a great destiny to fulfil, but it may cost him his life. This wonderful adventure novel is one that the whole family can enjoy – it's writing style is accessible, but not naïve, and the characters, particularly Moojie himself, and engaging and enthralling. Full of love, hope, and compassion, The Improbably Wonders of Moojie Littleman is a book that is good for the soul. Tragic in parts, but also so joyful and full of life.
GemmaDavison More than 1 year ago
Saying that 'The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman' by Robin Gregory, is storytelling at its absolute finest, is not an exaggeration, in fact, I'm probably underselling it. Robin Gregory has created magic in this novel – her ability to stir up emotions in the reader is incredible, and in the end, I felt fulfilled. Transcending traditional genres of fiction, this is a novel that's flowing narrative will draw you in and really touch your heart. Read it, and then recommend it – this is a book that deserves to be read. In Moojie Littleman, Gregory has created a character is that could steal ever the hardest of hearts... He hasn't had the greatest of starts – orphaned, abandoned, adopted and then abandoned once more into the care of his racist and harsh adopted grandfather. Moojie finds solace in the mythical Light-Eaters that live near the borders of his grandfather's farm, but with them, will he find his place in the world at last? I really empathised with the Improbable Wonder that IS Moojie Littleman, a boy who doesn't close his heart off to the world, and is rewarded with beautiful is that?
Grymm More than 1 year ago
This story really throws you into another time and in another world very similar to our own. This isn’t the first story about a young kid with terrible trials, but the struggle this character has to go through (disability, abandonment, etc) makes my heart hurt for him. That makes the magic that Moojie finds that much more…well, magical. Robin Gregory takes a normal coming of age story and adds a realistic, positive twist in the otherwise dark life of Moojie. Couple that with the strong writing and we’ve got a great story that will take you away from your reading nook and into the unfortunate trials of the beloved main character as he figures out what means most to him. Gregory really nailed the middle of the book and tied it together nicely (even though the ending could have been a bit stronger). Be patient with the story, as it does take a bit to pick up and grab you, but you’ll be glad it did.
ValeryElias16 More than 1 year ago
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory reads much like a fable about a little boy who has a lot going against him. First, he's a foundling, seems slow to develop and is quite limited in many ways. However, he does seem to have magical powers that astound not only the nuns who first take him in, but the parents who ultimately adopt him. Misfortune seems to follow Moojie around, and he spends much of his time recovering from one disaster to another in this fantastical coming of age story. The plot itself is meaningful and written in a poetic style, often with made up words that will appeal to the younger audience. While a little hard to follow the story sometimes, the overall message is a positive one and is something we can all aspire to in our lives. After all life is about making choices.
Writelighter_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I don’t use the word "masterful" lightly. But that is exactly how I would describe Robin Gregory’s exquisite word painting, "The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman." An exciting visionary tale about a physically-challenged misfit longing for a family, Gregory guides the reader through a journey that is often cruel and dark until the mystical Moojie finds the courage to shine his light and forgive. With its rich dialogue, colorful characters, and cinematic backdrops, I predict "The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman" will be a treasured tome for generations to come! — Eleyne-Mari Sharp, author of Inn Lak’ech: A Journey to the Realm of Oneness
CircleOfBooks More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read this year and not only that, when I finished reading I knew that I would have to read it again – it left such a special impression on me. The author, Robin Gregory, is a master craftswoman of words, it was delightful to savor each word and also very much entertaining as the text is permeated with good healthy humor and very very strong characters – in my view one of the strongest points when assessing a novel! The story itself is about a very special boy, Moojie Littleman, he is an orphan and he as some strange powers but also problems – for instance his body doesn’t work as it should. Moojie wants to fit in with the rest of humanity but finds it extremely hard as his disability puts people off. But he soon will find that he is not alone and will learn some very important lessons, for he comes across some very special friends – otherworldly beings who will help shape his path for good or for evil. As the story unfolds we read of Moojie’s successes and failures; We can see how Moojie deals with his strong and weak points: his power to heal; his disability and the frustration caused by it; other fellow humans; his strange friends from another plane of existence – are they good or are they evil? Can he fit in within their group?; his search for love and a family – not matter if it is human or not – a family to love and where he feels he is an integral and important part of it, and most importantly, where is loved back.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
SimplySarahReviews More than 1 year ago
I was given an Advanced Review eBook Copy in return for a honest review. The cover caught my eye, and I am glad I gave this story a chance. Beautifully written read of a young boy who is faced with many troubles and hardships, and his search for a family. Descriptive, charming, and an entertaining read. Worth your time! - Sarah
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Young Moojie has had his share of hardships. For starters he was left on the steps of an orphanage when he was just a baby. To make matters worse, he's a late bloomer --with physical ailments to boot. His adopted mother does her best, with him. She dotes on him, giving him every opportunity to experience a normal childhood. But nothing about Moojie is normal. He is, in fact, extraordinary. But his adopted father comes to resent him; wishing he could be like every other young boy. Moojie experiences self-doubt, and at times even self-loathing. Cast from one home to another, he is left feeling unloved and without a family to call his own. The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is a delightful exploration of the human spirit. As we follow Moojie on his path of self-discovery, we are drawn into his pilgrimage as he seeks the one thing he craves most in life; family. Author Robin Gregory has penned a glittering tale which will resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned. This magnificent story will captivate and inspire young readers. The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is recommended for home and school libraries, and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Diane_K More than 1 year ago
found this to be a totally enchanting book! Mooji overcomes obstacles most adults couldn't handle and does it with determination even through the bullying, snide comments and rebuffs. Robin Gregory has spun a wonderful tale about a very special boy. Mooji Littleman was adopted when he was a baby but did not develop as a normal child would. He didn't speak until he was much older and could only ever walk with crutches. His mother protected, loved and cherished Mooji but when she died his father abandoned him at his Grandfather's Dairy Farm. At first Mooji felt he couldn't do anything but then when his Pappy started talking about sending him away - he became tenacious in his efforts to learn to care for the animals, groom them, muck out stables and any chore he could think of to make himself useful. He also met a mystical clan in the forest. He had to hide his friendship with them as his Pappy and the villagers viewed them as 'Hostiles.' Mooji learned quite a lot from the clan as he grew up. Trouble was brewing though between the clan and the villages mostly because of Pappy's continued promptings and stories. This is Robin Gregory's debut novel and it is hard to believe that she hasn't been writing for years. It is an impressive story that paints Mooji's world so vividly that you are able to envision where he lives, the members of the clan and his parents in the earlier part of the book. The characters are so real that the reader feels he/she knows them. The Improbable Wonders of Mooji Littleman is a remarkable coming of age story that is unlike any other! I think young and old alike should read it because there is something for everyone between the covers. I received this book free from the author for review purposes. For more information about Robin Gregory check here:
CCtheBrave More than 1 year ago
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman, by Robin Gregory, is an incredibly heartfelt and comical tale of loss, perseverance, and family. This wonderful little novel (310 pages) is full of magical realism and witty dialogue, both of which draw readers into the strange, yet fun life of Moojie Littleman as he comes of age on his grandfather’s farm, St. Isidore’s Fainting Goat Dairy. The book is separated into three parts, each of which follows Moojie through his whimsical hero’s journey to find a sense of belonging and family after his mother’s untimely death. The first part of the book introduces our orphaned and physically disabled protagonist, Moojie Littleman, as a young boy growing up in the early 1900’s. After his mother’s death, Moojie is sent to his grandfather’s farm, where he longs to feel like he is a part of a family, to know that he is loved, but is disappointed at every turn. And it isn’t until Moojie encounters a mysterious group of people called “The Hostiles” just outside his grandfather’s farm that he begins to understand the value of determination and selflessness. In the second part of the novel, Moojie works to gain the trust of his new friends, The Hostiles (who are really just a group of native peoples living off the land and the occasional thievery), and he falls in love with a wild and wonderfully brave young woman, Babylonia. Finally, in book three, Moojie is forced to choose between finally becoming one of The Hostiles and saving his remaining family from certain death. In terms of writing quality and plot depth, Gregory does a wonderful job creating strange, yet heartfelt, dialogue. In fact, this wonderful grasp on imparting subtle messages of hope and meaning into the novel via dialogue is one of the strongest aspects of the book. While reading, it seems that every conversation brings on new insights as to what it means to be a part of a family and to overcome persecution. The author skillfully uses the physical ailments of Moojie to represent the mental roadblocks that he has constructed around himself over time, such as self-doubt, pity, or inability to fit in. Yet as Moojie grows older, he casts off both his physical and mental infirmities, replacing them with new strengths. Overall, this book is an excellent read for young readers because of the subtle, but ever present, undertones of mindfulness and determination in the narrative. In her work, Robin Gregory successfully convinces the audience to laugh and sympathize with her flawed main character, Moojie, as he bumbles through life on the goat farm. And despite that the dialogue may seem disjointed when you first pick up the book, the narrative style quickly begins to feel more natural as readers the story develops. In summary, The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is a quirky, attention-grabbing book that is definitely worth the read. The storyline is chalk-full of Moojie’s misadventures and struggles. I unreservedly rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars, and am quite happy to say that it’s one of the most fun stories that I’ve read in quite some time. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading magical realism and/or YA novels from the perspective of a lovable underdog like Moojie Littleman.