Mock Mondays: Newbery

Hey all, it’s Sarah!

It was a challenge to find the book I wanted to talk about for today because I have recently reviewed many great contenders, like Pay Attention Carter Jones and The Bridge Home. I did find a book that was gaining some buzz, it isn’t one I would typically gravitate towards, but it keeps the mocks diverse in style.

I received this book as an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

29906049Title: Over the Moon

Author: Natalie Lloyd

Summary: Mallie lives in a world, where children are expected to join their parents in the coal mines to make money to survive. After the mine’s magic has stolen important pieces of her father, including his voice, Mal is determined to support her family and save her brother from being forced into early labor. People think that they can take advantage of Mal because she wears a popsocket in place of one of her arms, but she is not one to be trifled with and when the snobby son of her current employer pushes her, she won’t be cowed by his behavior. When Mal’s family can’t come up with the money to keep her younger brother out of forced labor in the mines, she joins a risky scheme to ride magical horse and earn quick money. It was thought that these horses were dead, but many are still alive and they are only the start of the magical secrets happening in Mal’s world.

Newbery Considerations:

This was well written and a solid fantasy. I could be swayed either way about whether it was written to the level of literature. I know readers will enjoy this world, as I did, but the award doesn’t speak to level of enjoyment. The characters were well constructed to the point that they remain solid in my mind even weeks after reading the novel. The concept was both traditional and unique. Yes, I will recommend this to others. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was recognized by the committee, though I believe it is a sleeper.