"Fine young adult Sci Fi"
Preadolescent foster child Wendy Hilton is lonely. She has
no friends, is bounced around from family to family, and
has never been welcomed anywhere with even a gentle hug.
Her self-esteem is beneath toe ooze at the bottom of the
food chain and being obese and awkward just adds to her
lack of confidence. Her poor grades is just an indication
of how little regard she has for herself.
On her thirteenth birthday, Wendy's life abruptly changes
when the Lunar Arena of Transformation Concentration and
Hope (LATCH) provides her with a scholarship. She makes
friends for the first time, feels like she belongs, and
even begins to lose weight. Her growing confidence and self
esteem is reflected with her grades going up. The only
negative is classmate Phillip Huntington who tries various
stunts to cause Wendy to fail and hopefully be expelled.
The teenage heroine, her new friends and the faculty at
LATCH make this a fine tale whose message of believing in
one's abilities is a critical element in living a
harmonious life. Though Phillip is too much like the
student enemies of Potter, the metamorphous of Wendy is
cleverly handled so that the young adult audience can
understand the forces that enable her to change for the
better. She makes THE MOON KEY a fun tale to read.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 18, 2007