ForeWord Magazine’sBook of the Year Gold Medalistand an International Reading Association Notable Book, Weeping Under This Same Moonis based on the true story of two teenage girls from different cultures, whose paths intertwine, dramatically altering the course of their lives.
Mei is an artist whose life has been disrupted by the Vietnam War. Her anguished parents send her away on a perilous escape during the exodus of thousands of Vietnamese refugees known as “Boat People.” In Mei’s words we learn of the dangers she faces caring for her two younger siblings on a sea journey fraught with hunger, thirst and deprivation, leaving behind everything she loves, to find refuge for her family.
Hannah is an angry seventeen-year-old American high school student. Friendless, neurotic, a social misfit – her passion for writing and the environment only intensify her outcast state. Through Hannah’s voice, we get inside her head, there to discover a gentle soul beneath all the anger and turmoil.When Hannah learns of the plight of the “Boat People,” she is moved to action.
Destiny brings Mei and Hannah together in a celebration of cultures and language, food and friendship, and the ultimate rescue of both young women from their own despair.Weeping Under This Same Moonis a testament to the power of love and the spirit of volunteerism; affirming that doing for others does so much for one’s self.
|Publisher:||Crow Flies Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Jana Laiz is the author of the triple award-winning novel, Weeping Under This Same Moon, Moonbeam Silver Medal Winner, The Twelfth Stone, Elephants of the Tsunami, the co-author of "A Free Woman On God's Earth, The True Story of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom" soon to be a feature film, Thomas & Autumn, Simon Says ~ Tails Told By The Red Lion Inn Ambassador and Billy Budd in the Breadbox, The Story of Herman Melville & Eleanor. A former refugee resettlement counselor and ESL teacher, Jana believes that honoring diversity can change the world. She is passionate about our beautiful planet and endeavors to make a difference in the world through her writing. She is the very first Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville's beloved Arrowhead. Her new book, Blanket of Stars will be out summer 2019. She lives in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In 1976, Mei, a Chinese girl living in war-torn Vietnam is forced to flee her country. Sent away on a tiny boat, she and her teenage brother and young sister leave their family behind, hoping to arrive on safe shores. With no guarantee of survival, they embark bravely on their journey. In the United States, Hannah, a teenage girl, finds herself struggling to fit into a culture focused on drugs and parties. A non-conformist, she is drawn to important causes, and finds herself alone most of the time. When she hears of the plight of the "Boat People" escaping Vietnam, she knows she needs to help. Weeping Under This Same Moon tells these two girls' stories, which begin to intersect as Hannah befriends Mei and her family, and helps them acclimate to life in the US. Told with amazing perception and attention to detail, the author brings their stories to life. Great character development helps us to understand each girl and her unique situation. This book is a fictionalized account of two real women who forged a lifetime friendship during a time of adversity. I highly recommend Weeping Under This Same Moon - a story of friendship, hope, and the spirit of helping others. Reviewed by: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews
I read Weeping Under This Same Moon in two sittings and I laughed and cried my way through the entire novel. I wanted to spend the day with the characters and the fact that it is a true story made it come even more alive for me. I did not want this book to end and I hope the writer will consider continuing the story. I love gentle Mei and feisty Hannah! This book is a must read for young adults and adults alike! Jana Laiz writes with humor and sensitivity and I hope we see more from her! What an amazing and wonderful novel!