The Trouble with Half a Moon

The Trouble with Half a Moon

by Danette Vigilante

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“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.”—Kirkus Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101475423
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/06/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 196
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
File size: 159 KB
Age Range: 10 Years

About 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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"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."—Kirkus Reviews

"What will grab readers in this first novel is realistic sense of the diverse neighborhood community, both rough and caring. With lots of fast, immediate dialouge, the characters' grief, anger, and heartbreaking coming-to-terms are realistic."—Booklist

"Vigilante has a nice way with subplots and solid daily life details that bring the book particular warmth...the story is told with considerable appeal and accessibility, and kids won't have to lead the same life as Dellie to recognize her travails."—BCCB

"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."—School Library Journal

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The Trouble with Half a Moon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
SudiDA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching, well written novel for middle graders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book touched me and i cried alot of time when i am reading it
yourotherleft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"I'm pleased you had mind enough to ask," Miss Shirley says. She walks over to the moon and uses her finger to trace where the other half should be. "Just because we cannot see this half of the moon doesn't mean it's not there," she says, studying me. "We know this without having to actually see it." She points to her eyes. Her fingernails are sparkly gold. "You have to believe it's there. Faith, young one," she says, balling up her fist, "is powerful."When Dellie's little brother is killed in an accident, her life turns upside down and stays that way. Even though her brother has been gone for months, Dellie's mom still cries almost daily over his picture, and Dellie can't even walk to school without her father going along. She's hardly allowed outside for fear that something might happen. Dellie's home in the projects might not be the safest place, but what she wouldn't give for a little freedom to hang out with her best friend Kayla or to take a walk with Michael Ortiz and find out if he really likes her. Little does Dellie know that life will get tougher before it gets easier. When a hungry little boy named Corey who lives on the first floor of her building shows up at her door, she can't help desperately wanting to save him from his neglectful mother and his mother's no-good boyfriend. She hopes almost without realizing it that saving Corey will absolve her from the guilt she carries about her brother's death, but at the same time she's terrified that he will believe in her and she will fail him like she thinks she failed her brother.The Trouble With Half a Moon is a bittersweet story about a girl growing up with grief and a family going through the long process of healing. Vigilante presents Dellie in an engaging first-person narration that slowly reveals Dellie's many fears and the terrible guilt she carries with her without revealing the circumstances until late in the story. Even while pursuing her larger themes Vigilante doesn't spare the everyday details of Dellie's life. She vividly captures the embarassment and unfairness of bullying as well as the excitement and uncertainty of first "love" in a way that can make even an older reader feel all those feelings all over again. The heart of the book, though, is Dellie and her family's journey out of their grief. It's heartwrenching to see the fear Dellie has of loving after enduring such a loss, and heartwarming to see how a mysterious new neighbor named Miss Shirley and Corey bring Dellie and her family back to life.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay book done well for its intended audience (YA). Fell in love with the Dellie and the little boy Corey, found myself wanting to reach in the book and help. Little to simple for adults and may not hold attention for some advanced YA but all in all I would recommend.
SevsOnlyGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll admit that I had a really hard time with this book. At first I couldn't decide if it's because it's considered Middle Grade reading and maybe I was expecting too much or if it just isn't my style. What I decided is that there was so much detail - every tiny conversation - but I didn't get any emotion, just words. This could have been a very powerful story, but it was just words on paper.Dellie's brother died the summer before the book begins, but no one says what happened to him, but it seems that Dellie thinks it's her fault. Her mom stays in her room and cries a lot and her dad seems to try to make things 'normal' again. She has the usual teen troubles - she likes a boy but isn't sure he likes her; her best friend gets made at her and she doesn't know why. In the midst of all this, a new family moves into the building. A little boy like her brother was. Dellie takes a special interest in the boy and feels like it's her responsibility to take care of him.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I'm not exactly sure how I came about receiving this ARC, as I don't typically read Teen realistic fiction, but the subject matter was enticing as I read the back of the book, then proceeded to read the book.This is a brief book, short in it's page numbers and printed with a line and a half spacing between text lines. This makes the book a quick read and I did read it within a day but the story does make one slow down one's normal reading speed as it is a poignant story with deep emotion that one wants to linger over.Dellie lives in the projects with her mom and dad. Last summer her little brother was killed in an accident. Dellie blames herself. Her mother is overcome with grief and spends most of her time dusting his shrine and crying. She has also forbidden 13yo Dellie to go outside on her own; this includes having her father shadow her to and from school. The father is dealing with his grief in a much more healthy manner but he stands by his wife giving her time. New tenants move in on the ground floor and the once peaceful building starts to have problems. A gunshot goes off in one of the halls. A small 5yo boy wanders the halls knocking on doors asking for bread. Dellie secretly becomes close to the boy, taking him under her wing, feeding him and finding out that he is neglected and abused by his mother. She feels as if she can save Corey in a way she was unable to save her brother but what she hasn't counted on is that Corey may have a way of saving what is left of her family.Terribly striking story, emotional and poignant on many levels. The secret of Dellie's brother's accident isn't revealed until near the end of the book and why she feels so responsible. This keeps it a personal agony that only she deals with, no one else remotely considers her responsible. The mother's grief of loosing a child is heart-wrenching to read and the family's faith even amidst the pain is comforting. The abused boy's story is heart-breaking and eye-opening in what can go on behind closed doors and how others need to get involved in these situations, even if only in a small way, until someone has the strength to overcome the fear of calling the police.The story even includes a bit of paranormal or providential intervention, however you may want to interpret it, or not, when a strange purple cape wearing Jamaican woman moves into the building and always seems to be at hand with the right things to say when the worst things are happening. This is a small element that doesn't really even crossover into magical realism. The reader is to make of it what they will. Personally, I found providence ever present in the lives of these characters. A stunning debut novel and I will have my ear to the ground anxiously awaiting news of her second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so i havnt actually read it yet, but from what i hear, this book is so good ill be reading it FOREVER!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sucks so good