Lunar Pioneers

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Blue Forge Press, 2008 - 280 pages
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It's the biggest day of 13-year-old Blair Kelly's life. Her family will soon be leaving the Earth and moving to Clementine Colony, at the south pole of the Moon. The only person who seems to understand her mixed feelings is her grandfather, who reminds Blair of the things her ancestors faced when they settled the Nebraska prairie, centuries before. Blair and her older brother, Tom, have both gone to "Moon School" to prepare for the journey, but classes can't prepare them for leaving their friends, extended family and most of their possessions behind. As they become more settled, Blair begins volunteering with the group that maintains the colony's plant life, while Tom competes in the unusual sports played in the Moon's light gravity. Just as Blair is selected to help with a special project at a new research facility, a tragedy on her grandparents' farm divides Blair's loyalties. Should she return to Earth? Or should she remain on the moon?

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Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for
Thirteen-year-old Blair Kelly knows she should feel nothing but excitement about her family moving to the moon, where they can finally see her
mother again in their new home on the Clementine Colony.
Her Granddad reminds her that their ancestor, Olaf Summervold, trekked out into the west to make a new life for his family by building the Summervold farm, and Blair's family is now doing the same thing. To ease her anxiety about the trip, Blair decides to keep a sort of diary by sending letters to her Granddad back on earth, in which she consistently compares her experiences with those of her pioneer ancestors.
The journey is long and complicated, with many stops along the way. Blair finds a friend in the daughter of her mother's colleague, and the two spend most of their journey in awe of their experiences. When their families finally reach the colony and start settling in, Blair's brother, Tom, has a bit of difficulty adjusting, but Blair makes some effort to discover why she has decided to come to the moon, and what her contribution will be to her new homestead.
Quickly, she joins a volunteer group that works with cultivating plant life on the lunar surface, and finds herself involved in some intriguing projects. When a large storm hits the family farm back on earth, Blair must draw on her own pioneer strength to deal with the silence of not knowing what has happened to her loved ones.
Filled with thought-provoking details regarding the future of lunar travel and colonization, Black presents the reader with a realistic view of a futuristic time. Characterization is well done, and I felt like I really connected with Blair as she made her transition to her new home and life.

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