Set in the early 1900s, this novel is a heartrending, coming-of-age story, with a dose of humor and magical realism. After his mother dies, disabled Moojie is sent from the mythical American village of San Miguel de las Gaviotas to live with his grandfather at St. Isidore’s Fainting Goat Dairy, where he discovers a clan from an alternate universe. Moojie shares more than supernatural powers in common with the ones who call themselves Light-Eaters. Anxious to re-create a family of his own, he undergoes life-changing trials, trials complicated by the girl he falls for, a bully-magician, a cantankerous, war-hero grandfather, and a meddlesome, Irish aunt. Moojie must decide who he belongs with. An earthquake forces him to make a harrowing rescue to save what family he has. A surprising destiny awaits him if he can survive one last terrifying trial.
“The lyrical prose and unique ‘Voice’ of this tale do not obscure the strong character and story lines that are sure to inspire generations of YA and adult readers alike.”–Rea Nolan Martin, author of Mystic Tea.
“I unreservedly rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars! I’m happy to say that it’s one of the most fun stories I’ve read in some time.”–Online Book Club
“In the great tradition of children’s protagonists who subvert the adult world, Robin Gregory delivers a spellbinding narrative. It involves some intriguing concepts that engage both heart and mind.”–Book Viral
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