Over the Moon

Written by Natalie Lloyd

Imagine a world where you couldn’t see the sun or stars. A world where dust covered everything and being close to a lot of it made you sad, angry, and violent. A world where you aren’t allowed to sing. A world of monsters that grow from the dust. Monsters that are a cross between snakes and wolves. A world where the old people say they remember a time of stars, light, flying horses, and happiness.

Twelve-year-old Mallie is tired of being afraid. Tired of all the secrets around her. Tired of not being heard or allowed to work in the mine just because she is a girl. Tired of hiding her little brother from the Guardians who seem to rule their world. Tired of the Guardians who want to take him away to work since her father was injured and can no longer support them.

When an unimaginable opportunity presents itself, Mallie sneaks in to join. It might kill her. Or her friends. It might reveal the truth. Or it might be the answer to everything and turn her into a hero.

This is a very imaginative setting that in a way feels familiar, like a poor coal town run by bully inspectors, so it is relatable and unique all at the same time. I am not a fan of fantasy, but I loved this world and the characters. A great adventure that I read all in one sitting.

Reviewed by Terrie Bishop, Media Clerk, Academy Park Elementary
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8
Posted on January 21, 2020


Mallie is a 12 year old supporting her family. After her father is unable to earn money, she is given the task of cleaning houses to earn money. One day, she comes upon an advertisement for riches untold. Mallie is brave and discovers a whole new world. She is brave enough to be able to make the world better for everyone around her. She becomes Mallie Over the Moon!

Great story. I enjoyed reading it. It reminded me of the book City of Ember. I would have loved a more detailed ending after the climax of the book, but even without more details, I liked the story.

Reviewed by Merri Rygg, Media Clerk, Truman Elementary
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8
Posted on November 7, 2019

Author Website: https://natalielloyd.com/

Over the Moon
Written by Natalie Lloyd
Scholastic Press
291 pages
Release Date: March 26, 2019
ISBN: 9781338118490
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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