Book Blitz and Book Review: Find the Moon by Beth Fehlbaum | Lone Star Book Blog Tours


By Beth Fehlbaum

Young Adult / Social Issues / Family Issues
Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
Pages: 298 pages
Expected Publication Date: January 10, 2023

For as long as she can remember, Kylie Briscoe’s been searching for the moon even though she has no idea why it soothes her. Placed in an impossible situation by her mother, Kylie cries for help. It brings rescuers and a new life, but it feels more like a death sentence when she is separated from her three-year-old sister Aliza, the only person Kylie’s ever really loved.

Now she’s in tiny Patience, Texas, with her eccentric potty-mouthed grandmother, ever-patient stargazing grandfather, an uncle who reminds her a lot of a cop who terrified her during a drug bust, a herd of Norwegian Dwarf goats, their “guard donkeys,” and three canine roommates occupying Kylie’s former nursery.
When the authorities make a mistake that could cost her everything, Kylie must decide whether to tell the truth-all of it-in order to save herself and her sister.
Pre-order a copy of Find the Moon and enter the author’s giveaway! Three lucky winners will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, signed set of THE PATIENCE TRILOGY, and signed copy of BIG FAT DISASTER. Ends 12/30/2022. Visit Beth’s website for more information and to enter!

Kylie Briscoe is in a situation no teenager should be in. She’s trying to muddle her way through high school while doing her best to take care of her four-year-old sister, Aliza. Her mother is present, but embroiled in a life of drugs and criminal activity, so her care for her children is negligent at best. Then a thug shows up demanding payment for drugs, and there’s no money to be had, so he plans to collect by other means. Kylie’s mother points to her daughter and says, “Her first,” and Kylie knows things can’t continue as they are. She takes Aliza and runs.

She and Aliza both make it to safety, but they soon find themselves separated – Aliza to her biological father, Kylie to the grandparents she doesn’t remember. Kylie struggles with the loss of Aliza’s presence, the only person who’s meant anything to her. Taking care of her sister is all she’s known, and now she can’t even do that.

The moon has always been Kylie’s source of solace. Through that, she finds a connection with her grandfather, who also has a passion for astronomy and who taught Kylie to look for the moon when she was very young. Bit by bit, new relationships start to take root in Kylie’s heart. A new family starts to grow, and she begins to heal.

Beth Fehlbaum tells the story from Kylie’s first-person perspective, and she has the voice of a surly, emotionally wrecked teenager just about down pat. Kylie’s hurt, her difficulty accepting love from people who, at first, mean nothing to her, her challenges adjusting to a new normal – all those emotions come through clearly. At some points, Kylie is downright rude to her grandparents, who knew her as a very young child and who are trying their best to be the family she needs. But she isn’t being rude just to be ugly. She’s a child, facing the loss of the only family she’s ever known, flawed though it might have been.

The diffculties Fehlbaum describes with the child protective system and the criminal justice system are realistically portrayed, and sometimes difficult to read. If you’re sensitive to these topics, be mindful before you pick up the book. The system did let Kylie and Aliza down. Systems do that, no matter how well-intentioned they are. But there are people trying their best to help the girls, trying to work within the structure available to them. That’s realistic, too. Just because a system fails doesn’t mean the people within it don’t care.

Ultimately, the story ends on a hopeful note, and that’s what this is all about. Life happens, sometimes in painful and nasty ways. But a broken family doesn’t have to lead to a broken life. With love and time, patience and people who care, healing can come. It’s a solid four-star read for me.

Pre-order a copy of Find the Moon and enter the author’s giveaway! Three lucky winners will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, signed set of THE PATIENCE TRILOGY, and signed copy of BIG FAT DISASTER. Ends Friday, 12/30/2022. Visit Beth’s website for more information and to enter!

Beth Fehlbaum is the author of the young adult novels Find the Moon, Big Fat Disaster (on the Spirit of Texas-High School Reading List, 2014-2015), Courage in Patience, Hope in Patience (A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers), and Truth in Patience. With Dr. Matt E. Jaremko, Beth co-wrote the creative nonfiction book, Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt. She is a high school English teacher.

Authenticity, calling out hypocrisy, and finding one’s voice are frequent themes in Beth’s work, and they are absolutely essential themes in her life, as well. Beth has a B.A. in English, minor in secondary education, and an M.Ed. in reading. Beth is in-demand as an author-panelist, having presented/appeared at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, the American Library Association’s annual conference, YALSA, N.C.T.E./ALAN, and numerous YA book festivals. She’s a member of The Author’s Guild, SCBWI, Romance Writers of America, and the Texas Federation of Teachers.  She loves doing school visits and meeting teens, teachers, and librarians!
Beth lives in the woods of East Texas in a house on a slice of family acreage. The home was built by her family over one very hot humid summer, a task she wishes never to repeat again. This sanctuary-of-sorts is lined by pine trees, and the woods are inhabited by raccoons, possums, and feral cats. All of these creatures appear to consider Beth their cat-food-providing goddess. There is no place she would rather be.
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3 Responses to Book Blitz and Book Review: Find the Moon by Beth Fehlbaum | Lone Star Book Blog Tours

  1. Your final paragraph says it all about why this book works. Thanks so much for sharing your review!

  2. I agree with Kristine’s comment, for sure! I don’t believe in always-happy endings, but I do commit myself to always-HOPEFUL endings. I sincerely appreciate your insight and heartfelt review. Thank you!!! I hope that you and your readers will feel free to connect with me via Facebook and/or my website, bethfehlbaumbooks(dot)info
    Thank you, again!

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