How High the Moon: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 6, 2010 - Fiction - 368 pages
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In this tender novel set in 1955 Mill Town, Wisconsin, Sandra Kring explores the complicated bond between mothers and daughters, the pressure to conform, and the meaning of friendship and family.
 
Ten-year-old Isabella “Teaspoon” Marlene has been a handful ever since her mother, Catty, dumped her with an old boyfriend and ran off to Hollywood. Teaspoon fights, fibs, never stops singing, and is as unpredictable and fearless as a puppy off its leash. Still, Teddy Favors, a man who has taken his share of kicks, is determined to raise her right. 
   
Teaspoon wants to be better for Teddy—even if that means agreeing to take part in a do-gooder mentorship program and being paired up with Brenda Bloom, the beautiful reigning Sweetheart of Mill Town. Against all odds, as the summer passes, this unlikely duo discover a special friendship as they face personal challenges, determined to follow their hearts instead of convention.

It’s while Brenda and Teaspoon are putting together the grandest show the Starlight Theater has ever seen that Catty returns to Mill Town, shattering illusions and testing loyalties. But by the final curtain call, one determined little girl shows an entire town the healing that can happen when you let your heart take center stage.


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How High the Moon is about a little girl so lovable, so endearing right from the word go, that you think there has to be some fault to the book given that a large part of why 'Teaspoon' is how she is ... Read full review

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I can't say enough about Sandra Kring's How High the Moon. I loved it from beginning to end. The characters were so endearing, and the story was very engaging. I was sorry when the book ended. Other ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
21
Section 4
32
Section 5
52
Section 6
63
Section 7
74
Section 8
83
Section 23
226
Section 24
239
Section 25
249
Section 26
260
Section 27
268
Section 28
282
Section 29
284
Section 30
289

Section 9
104
Section 10
125
Section 11
128
Section 12
145
Section 13
156
Section 14
164
Section 15
183
Section 16
188
Section 17
196
Section 18
204
Section 19
207
Section 20
213
Section 21
219
Section 22
224
Section 31
293
Section 32
296
Section 33
303
Section 34
307
Section 35
318
Section 36
325
Section 37
333
Section 38
336
Section 39
340
Section 40
344
Section 41
347
Section 42
353
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About the author (2010)

Sandra Kring lives in Wisconsin. Her debut novel, Carry Me Home, was a BookSense Notable Pick and a 2005 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award nominee. The Book of Bright Ideas was a 2006 Target Bookmarked™ selection and was named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list in 2007.


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