The Moon Over High Street

The Moon Over High Street The new novel by Natalie Babbitt author of Tuck EverlastingJoe Casimir needed help with the choice he had to make But how do you choose the person who will help you choose Mr Boulderwall the million

  • Title: The Moon Over High Street
  • Author: Natalie Babbitt
  • ISBN: 9780545376365
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The new novel by Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck EverlastingJoe Casimir needed help with the choice he had to make But how do you choose the person who will help you choose Mr Boulderwall, the millionaire, knew exactly what he wanted Joe to choose And millionaires are experts at making choices Well, aren t they But Vinnie, the number two man down at Sope Electric, diThe new novel by Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck EverlastingJoe Casimir needed help with the choice he had to make But how do you choose the person who will help you choose Mr Boulderwall, the millionaire, knew exactly what he wanted Joe to choose And millionaires are experts at making choices Well, aren t they But Vinnie, the number two man down at Sope Electric, didn t much approve of millionaires He said to Joe, Listen, kid, all of em act like they re the only ones with a ticket to the show But he didn t have any real advice to offer Joe s Gran didn t either, as it turned out, and neither did Aunt Myra The good advice was there, though Right across the street Just waiting right across the street There are a lot of good things just waiting You ll see.

    One thought on “The Moon Over High Street”

    1. Even when her stories are simple, Babbitt is such a warm, wise writer that her books usually give me a glow. She sees the good in life and wants to help her readers see it, too.

    2. I thought that this was an exceptionally great book about the tough choices in life that you make and how you choose which one. I loved this book so much that I couldn't stop reading it because it was so amazing. When Joe's grandmother got the letter about the adoption and when she told Joe I agreed with the author that it was like a meteorite hit them and like Vinnie said it just comes out of nowhere, unexpected, and it smashes you, but in this case it smashes you with a big load of shock. At t [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book! The epilogue, in particular, made me smile. It's a slice of Joe Casimir's life - Joe was orphaned at the age of 2 months and has been raised by his Gran. When the story opens, Joe is twelve. Gran has decided that they should visit their only other relative, a cousin Joe calls "Aunt" Myra. But Gran falls and breaks her hip so Joe has to make the trip alone. That premise could go 1000 different directions in the land of children's lit. But Natalie Babbitt spins her own particu [...]

    4. Hey, remember that episode of "The Simpsons" where Mr. Burns adopts Bart, because he thinks he's going to die soon? This is sort of like that, only, not as good. Because at least Mr. Burns had a good reason for adopting Bart, something more compelling than "Hey, kid that I just met. You are polite and your parents are dead. Also, your last name is Polish, so I think I want to adopt you." Um, really? Very random, not at all convincing. Nor was quite a bit of other stuff here. Overall, I think the [...]

    5. This book was kind of simplistic, and had some really odd premises to it. I can't imagine even my 10 year old son will read this and find it plausible that a rich business owner would want to adopt a boy based on a chance meeting and a shared heritage. Beyond that, we never really get a feeling for what is going on inside Joe's head (except that he has a crush on the girl across the street). I mean, the climactic scene doesn't even have the main character in it! Instead of giving him the intesti [...]

    6. This is a nice, old-fashioned children's book that emphasizes the importance of following your own dreams instead of settling for something that will make you money. The plot isn't very complicated or fast-paced, but the writing is excellent--almost lyrical. I've never read any of Babbit's other books, but this one makes me want to give them a try.

    7. This was a disappointment, coming from the same author of Tuck Everlasting, very heavy-handed and obvious.

    8. I thought this was a sweet little story. It was a quick read and I think my kids will like it. I want to say more but I don't want to spoil it. Let's just say I liked the message.

    9. What do you want to do with your life? And would that change if you were guaranteed a large income and an 'important' position that was at odds with your passion? Joe Casimir faces that decision during a time of tumult and transition.

    10. Good story! This book explores the themes of family, being true to oneself, and the definition of success.

    11. This reminded me of a Leminy Snicket book, somewhat. I did not really get the point of the storyline. It was rather simplistic.

    12. A great middle grade read with lessons on family and the importance of being true to yourself. Highly recommend.

    13. 148 pages. I read two chapters (20 pages.) and it was boring so far. The vocabulary seems like Middle School level. I would skip this one for elementary. Not recommended.

    14. The story is rather simple but it creates a feeling of intrigue that keeps you reading until the end. A lovely allegory for naming our dreams and not falling for what others label successful living.

    15. I loved Tuck Everlasting (1975) and the underappreciated Eyes of the Amaryllis (1977), both so elegantly and poignantly written. The Moon Over High Street, however, seems like a very rushed effort. Besides the potential "creepiness" of an old man wanting to adopt a young boy, there seems almost no reason for it. He just meets Joe and with very little discussion, interaction, character revelation, he just decides, "he's the one." There's also a relationship between Joe and "the girl next door." I [...]

    16. Anton Boulderwall is an aging inventor and factory owner who lives in the best house on High Street, the fanciest thoroughfare in Midville, Ohio. Myra Casimir is a schoolteacher who also lives in Midville, but in a much more proletarian neighborhood. And Joe Casimir is a boy who comes to stay with Myra, his distant relative, while his grandmother is recovering from a broken hip, only to find himself the unlikely focal point of Midville's class tensions. Mr. Boulderwall wants to adopt Joe and lea [...]

    17. Set in the early 1960's, this story follows that of young Joe Casimir, a twelve old boy who's been raised by his grandmother following the tragic death of his parents as an infant. After an accident that lands his grandmother in the hospital, Joe is sent to spend the summer with his "Aunt" Myra. During his stay with her he not only learns what family, love and friendships is all about, but what it means to hold onto your dream. The Moon Over High Street is a story that tackles the theme about mo [...]

    18. After his parents die when he is an infant, twelve year old Joe is sent to live with his Grandma. It seems to be an idyllic, simpler time of the early 1960’s, but when Grandma breaks her hip, he is sent alone on bus to Midville, Ohio to stay with the only other relative he knows. But staying with his distant relative while Grandma heals isn’t as bad as he imagined. There he befriends Beatrice, the most beautiful girl and his new next door neighbor. By a twist of fate, Joe and Beatrice meet t [...]

    19. Joe Casimir's parents had died when he was an infant, so he had always lived with his Gran. When he makes a bus trip to visit his Aunt Myra, his only other living relative, he finds some unexpected questions and some unexpected friends.A meandering, fairly predictable book with an annoying writing style -- the author writes directly to the reader. This is an affectation that works for a deeply ironic tone, such as Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, but feels out of place here. The co [...]

    20. In the 1960s, orphaned Joe is living with his grandmother. She is determined to keep him in contact with the rest of his meager family, so intends to go visit "Aunt" Myra for the summer, but falls and breaks her hip. Joe goes alone, and finds himself quite at home in Midville. He likes Myra and is comfortable with her, and especially likes the girl next door, Beatrice, with whom he explores the town. After Beatrice's dog runs off, they run into the rich Mr. Boulderwall at his home on High Street [...]

    21. Although the writing in this book is exquisite and feels as though you're being dipped gently into a comfortable bubble bath drawn by someone you love, ultimately the book disappointed me. Joe Casimir is a likeable boy who has been reared by his grandmother after the death of his parents. When she injures herself, she sends him to stay with an older cousin, Myra. While there, he meets a neighbor girl with plenty of common sense, and he also meets Mr. Boulderwall, a millionaire whose invention is [...]

    22. Joe, an orphan, lives with his grandmother. She plans to take Joe to visit “Aunt” Myra for the summer, to keep him in touch with those who remain of his sparse family. These plans are sent askew when his grandmother breaks her hip and Joe travels to Midville, Ohio, alone.Joe finds life at Myra’s pleasant. He becomes friends with Beatrice, the girl next door, and makes a good impression on Mr. Boulderwall, a lonely millionaire. Mr. Boulderwall wants to adopt Joe and leave him his business. [...]

    23. SYDNEY The book that I will tell you about has a lot of emotions to me The Moon Over High Street is one of my ten best books because this book is not just good it is amazing!!! One summer a boy named Joe is living with his aunt in Midvill. Joe has a very deep secret,no one knows but him and he wants to keep it that way because if he tells somebody the person might say it to his mother and his aunt and Joe might get in trouble. A couple days later he meets a neighbor named Beatrice. Beatrice has [...]

    24. Joe spends a few weeks of summer vacation with Aunt Myra because his grandmother fell and broke her hip. He meets the town millionnaire, Mr. Boulderwall, who takes a liking to Joe and decides he wants Joe to run his factory when he retires. Joe's grandma gets a letter from Boulderwall's lawyers announcing his intention to adopt Joe. Joe does not seem alarmed or upset at all by this course of events. In fact, he is rather unemotional about everything. He never agonizes over the prospect of leavin [...]

    25. Joe Casimir has to visit his aunt while his grandmother recovers from a broken hip. Not the way he was hoping to spend his summer vacation. While there, he makes friends with a girl next door. He helps the girl find her runaway dog and they find the dog in the garden of the town's millionaire. The millionaire was just thinking that he needed to find a son to adopt to take over the factory when Joe comes running into his garden. From this somewhat unlikely scenario, Joe has to make a decision to [...]

    26. “The Moon Over High Street” is simple tale in that it isn’t complicated with a multitude of characters, complex historical backdrops, or magic and fantasy. Babbitt just sets up a nice realistic fiction story, for children 10 years old and up, about a young boy from Ohio in the early 1960’s with a tough decision to make. What I enjoyed about this book was that while Joe’s life must have had some sadness, the sadness isn’t the focus. In addition, the choice Joe needs to make isn’t a [...]

    27. While this isn't Tuck Everlasting, or The Search for Delicious, or even Kneeknock Rise, I did find it to be a nice, enjoyable read. The characters are nice. The setting is nice. The plot is nice. There's nothing wrong with this at all. I even really enjoyed some of the clever bits at the end. But it also isn't one I'll read again and again or remember much of the plot and characters later. If it weren't by Natalie Babbitt, it would be almost entirely forgettable. But it is still well worth readi [...]

    28. Joe and his grandmother are planning to visit a cousin. When his grandmother breaks her hip, Joe's grandmother sends him to his cousin Myra's house until she is better and can come there herself.When Joe gets there, he finds that he feels right at home at Myra's house and he quickly makes a friend. Then, he meets Mr. Boulderwall and Mr. Boulderwall knows exactly what he wants.This book could be a bit slow at times, especially in the beginning. However, it does pick up and get more interesting. T [...]

    29. It took me a while to find a concrete reference to time in this historical fiction possible WAW nominee. It definitely seemed like an older time, but until they mentioned when the main character's parents had died and he was born -- 1953 -- I wasn't sure. That was distracting. Usually that is set up in the first couple pages. But this story is about Joe who goes to stay with his "aunt" for the summer while his grandma is healing from a broken hip. There he meets a rich man who wants to adopt him [...]

    30. Joe visits his Aunt Myra in Midville during the summer. He finds friendship with Beatrice, a next door neighbor. A very rich manufacturer in the town meets Joe and decides to adopt him and groom him to run the factory. Joe must decide whether to pursue riches or pursue his dream of studying the moon. The Moon Over High Street would be appropriate for readers between ten and twelve years old. It contains themes of friendship, family and the importance of personal ambitions over money. The conflic [...]

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