Laugh with the moon, Shana Burg. So I hold the quarter. Who should get it? That boy with the torn shirt? Or that one, pulling a toy car made from twisted hangers and bottle caps?
Laugh with the moon, Shana Burg. 1st ed. p. cm. Summary: Massachusetts thirteen-year-old Clare, grieving after her mother’s recent death, reluctantly travels with her father to spend nine weeks in a remote village in Malawi, where new friends and experiences help open her mind and heart. eISBN: 978-0-375-98568-3. 1. Interpersonal relations-Fiction. 2. Self-actualization (Psychology-Fiction. Who should get it? That boy with the torn shirt? Or that one, pulling a toy car made from twisted hangers and bottle caps? It’s impossible to choose. Then I don’t have to: a small hand pries open my fist and scrapes the coin out of my palm.
While reading Shana Burg's second book "Laugh With the Moon" I noticed that I had left my own reality and had entered the emotional, touching and sensitive life of a teen-age girl dealing with the pain of loss and meaningful changes in her life with humor and authenticity. The Malawi experience, with its food, smells, culture,coping with hardships and way of life were transmitted by a true, professional writer.
Shana Burg's Laugh with the Moon is such a complex yet simple book that packs a hefty emotional punch. Once again Shana Burg writes a beautiful book, this time centered through thirteen-year-old Clare's perspective. Before I write what may sound like criticisms (but are not!) I want to put what I will say into context. Her mother has died within the past year, and her doctor father takes this only child to Malawi, Africa, or to Clare's mind, the middle of nowhere. And certainly, Malawi is remote.
Bwanali is an enormous woman wrapped in a purple, yellow, and green floral-print skirt and a red paisley shirt. I squint to protect my eyes from the clashing patterns and colors. I squint to protect my eyes from the clashing patterns and colors kitchen table with my father, a plate of orange squashy stuff between them. The only thing that looks worse than her fashion sense is her cooking. As far as I’m concerned, she can leave right now. Ah. lare! she says. She smiles and the fat on her cheeks swallows her eyes. It is a pleasure to meet yo. .She stands and grabs my hands with hers.
Laugh with the Moon is on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Thirteen-year-old Clare Silver is stuck. An Excerpt fromLaugh with the Moon. Chapter 1. I press my nose against the airplane window and breathe faster, faster, more, more, more. Stuck in denial about her mother’s recent death. Stuck in the African jungle for sixty-four days without phone reception. Stuck with her father, a doctor who seems able to heal everyone but Clare.
Author Shana Burg with villagers in Malawi. Burg has also won awards for a previous book, A Thousand Never Evers, which looks at the civil rights movement in the . Today, I’m featuring an interview with the author. Why did you decide to become a writer? SB: I was in fourth grade and my teacher assigned us to create an original book of poems. Stuck in denial about her mother s recent death. Laugh with the Moon is on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.