Moonwalking

Written by Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Published by Raincoast Books

A book review by Kaija (14)

Moonwalking

I like how the authors discussed how even people who seem like they have everything together, might not.

Hi Kaija! Can you tell us what this book is about?

This book is about an unlikely two that become friends.  One is really into graffiti, and the other music. The bond over “The Clash” (an English rock band was around in the seventies for those who don’t know!) Both of them come from difficult home lives, and music and graffiti is a constant in their lives and their outlet to express their everyday struggles. JJ, who is a bit more inverted, tries to express his appreciation for their friendship by making Pie a mix tape. One day they have an encounter with the cops and their friendship is tested. 

What do you like about this book?

I liked how this book opened me up to poetry. I will admit something to you, dear reader. I am not a fan of poetry. My entire life poetry has not been something I was interested in and I avoided it. Well, that was until April, when as a book study at school we had to read The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (If you haven’t checked out, I strongly recommend it, even if you aren’t a fan of poetry!) Then, Moonwalking arrived and I realized it was another poetry book. I decided to give it a shot and I must say, I really enjoyed it. I thought the plot was interesting and I like how the authors discussed how even people who seem like they have everything together, might not. I also enjoyed how the book was from two different perspectives. 

What is your favourite part of the story?

My favorite part of this book was the interesting design layout and also the fact that at some parts I had to figure out exactly which person was speaking, I don’t mind a bit of a puzzle trying to find out who is talking at certain parts. 

Why should other kids read this book?

Other kids should read this book because it tackles issues such as racism and poverty in an easy to digest way. I also felt like I could connect  to the two teens in this book because they are my age. This book did a good job of making it feel like I knew these characters and I could relate them to people I know in real life. 

Who would you recommend this book to?

I would recommend this book to kids who are 11-14 and haven’t really read poetry before but want to branch out and discover more genres of books. I think this book is a good starting point. 

If you could ask the author a question, what would it be?

If I could ask the author any question, I would ask them what inspired them to write this book in the form of poetry. Why did you decide that poetry was the best way to express the book? What was the thought process behind that?

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