Ginny Moon is a teenager who’s left foster care and is now in a Forever home with her Forever parents. But Ginny is autistic, which means she takes everything very, very literally, and her parents have to be careful what they say to her, or even how many questions they ask if they want her to be able to answer and not be overwhelmed. Life gets more complicated for Ginny, who was good at running away, when her pregnant Forever Mom brings home her newborn daughter. Ginny would love to help take care of the new baby, like she keeps telling everyone she did with her Baby Doll when she lived with her abusive, drug-addicted Birth Mother. But her Forever Mom is nervous about how unreliable and unpredictable Ginny can be. As Ginny struggles with the reality of what happened to her Baby Doll and reconnecting with her Birth Mom, she will seek her purpose in life and learn to deal with changes that occur in the Aftermath of traumatic events. Ginny Moon is a fascinating window into the mind of an autistic teenage girl, and it will leave you captivated, sympathetic, and hopefully, encourage you to slow down and take life one question at a time, and appreciate those for whom life can sometimes be a little more challenging.
Ginny would often have a snack in her therapy sessions, such as Hershey’s Kisses and milk, or brownies. This recipe for brownies includes mini chocolate chips for extra chocolaty goodness. It should be served with a large glass of “human” milk (cow’s milk), as Ginny would drink.
Chocolate Brownie Bites with Chocolate Whipped Cream
- salted butter, melted
- canola oil
- granulated sugar
- large eggs, at room temperature
- vanilla extract
- all purpose flour
- unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- semisweet chocolate chips
- powdered sugar
- heavy cream
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- Often when Ginny was asked two or more questions in succession, she wouldn’t respond to either. Why was that? Was it difficult for the adults in her life to remember that about her?
- If Gloria was the second-scariest person she knew, why was Ginny still so eager to return to her?
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Another book by Benjamin Ludwig is Sourdough, about a baker who inherits the family business and begins a path toward self-discovery. Ginny Moon also mentions the children’s books Julie of the Wolves and Island of the Blue Dolphins.
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