BOOK REVIEW: The Moon Looked Down

Posted on September 4, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

The Moon Looked DownThe Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock is Young Adult Historical Fiction at its best. Its setting is Victory, Illinois June 1942. It deals with the prejudice taking place as propaganda against the Germans is spread and the nation edges ever closer towards war.

The heroine is Sophie Heller and the Hero is Cole Ambrose. Sophie’s family were Germans that fled Germany to start a new life in America. War fever causes the family and the home to be attacked. Cole is a math teacher with his own heartbreak who takes Sophie under his wing and ends up defending her family.

The pages are filled with salt-of-the-earth characters believing in America and in doing for themselves. As tragic as Sophie’s plight is, with all the obstacles placed in her way, a romance also blossoms between Sophie and Cole. It will be hard to say whether you are reading the story for it’s bigotry or for the hope of true love conquering all.

It is refreshing to have a story told about WWII from a German’s point of view with the twist that they were against Hitler. It made me process the fact that it is wrong to lump all Germans as being against the Jews. The Heller family is so against Hitler that they flee at great risk to themselves so as not to be a part of the bad politics. The romance is downright charming and brings lightness to this book of heavy emotion. I truly applaud Dorothy Garlock for bringing such a controversial and necessary topic to young adults. The Moon Looked Down is well written. It is perfect for school. It is also a perfect romance. The book succeeds. You will not be sorry you took the time to read it. I am recommending this book with no reservations and it gets my big thumbs up.


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