HOW HIGH THE MOON
April 6, 2010
Bantam Books, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group
$15.00 US/ $17.50 CAN
Rating: 5 cups
Isabella Marlene –- Teaspoon -- is a ten-year-old girl living in Milltown, Wisconsin during the year 1955. Like the typical child, she is only happy when she is doing something. Whether it is singing, dancing, or simply letting her mind wander, Teaspoon is a wonderful child.
Teddy Favors is the boyfriend of Teaspoon’s mother, Catty. At least, he was her boyfriend when she left Teaspoon with him five years ago. Now, Teddy is the father figure for Teaspoon. There are many things he is willing to sacrifice but Teaspoon’s happiness is not one of those things.
Teaspoon is having some problems. From fighting with neighborhood children to sneaking into the Starlight Theater to watch movies, Teaspoon is headed down a bad path. The theater owner’s daughter, Brenda Bloom, catches Teaspoon and her friend, Charlie Fry, sneaking into see Lady and the Tramp. Then and there, Brenda decides to be Teaspoon’s Sunshine Sister -- a group where older girls teach younger girls to act like ladies. Teaspoon is not thrilled with this, but neither one of the girls are prepared to learn the lessons they do.
Told through the eyes of a ten-year-old, How High the Moon takes the reader deep into the innocence of childhood. While adult eyes can see the problems and issues for what they really are, Teaspoon opens up a world that many readers have left behind. From the Taxi Stand ladies to Brenda’s love life, Teaspoon’s twist on things often had me laughing out loud. Ms. Kring brings 1955 Milltown, Wisconsin to life with such colorful characters. The fact that Brenda is able to learn a few lessons from young Teaspoon shows that no matter how young you are, you still can change someone’s life for the better. Between the laughter and the tears I cried for the characters of Milltown, I discovered a little bit about myself with the help of a little girl named Teaspoon.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More