BLOW OUT THE MOON by Libby Koponen
IndieBound Description: Peppered with black-and-white photographs, illustrations, personal letters and documents from the author's own youth, this humorous and touching coming-of-age story follows a young American girl as she attends an English boarding school in the 1950s.
My Thoughts: This book is so delightful! What I like most about this is that it has a true, authentic child voice. It feels so real, which is what I liked about books when I was a kid and what I think kids still like to this day. This book was an inspiration for me while writing The Year of the Dog. There is a paperback version of this book (cover on the right) that is probably a little more recognizable, but I don't feel it captures the mood of the book. While it's not a bad cover, the book is really a nostalgic, fun, warm story-- the paperback cover kind of gives me a strange sense of foreboding!