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Publisher's Note:

Tally Jo and Tempest Trimble are mirror twins, so alike they were almost born the same person. Inseparable, but more than that. Connected. That is, until this summer. The twins are traveling with Pa Charlie’s carnival just like always, but there’s a new distance between them. Tempest is so caught up in her own ideas, she doesn’t seem to have space left in her life for Tally. And, more than that, Tally’s started to notice there’s something between them. Something real, growing with the phases of the moon, pushing them apart. Sparking, sputtering, wild. Dangerous. With the full moon approaching, Tally knows it’s up to her to find out what’s going on and to beat it. If she can’t, she might just lose her sister. Forever. For fans of Savvy and A Snicker of Magic, this is a spellbinding story of friendship and family-a poignant ode to both what’s worth holding on to and what we have to let go.…

Flower Moon

by Gina Linko

Overall Book Review:

Set in a Georgia summer with carnival life as a backdrop, Flower Moon is a poignant and beautifully written novel of love, self-discovery, and self-sacrifice. With mirror image twins, Tally Jo and Tempest, on the cusp of teenagerhood, one would expect things for them to be changing, but for twins with such a bond this change is on an even greater scale. They share a bond that goes beyond being able to finish each other’s sentences to something almost magnetic that at first pulls them together but eventually starts to push them apart. This magnetic pull seems almost magical and supernatural, yet there seems to be some science behind the pull as well, which creates an underlying tension between the two sisters. The question is will they be pushed so far apart as to not being able to be in the same space as the other twin like their mother and her twin? Bound and determined to not let that happen, Tally Ja and Tempest each try to solve the problem their own way. 

As they each go about finding a solution, they discover talents that they each had but never realized, learn how deep love really runs, and how sometimes two halves really do make a stronger whole. In Flower Moon, with its beautifully written descriptions of life in the South and summer carnival life, the reader is drawn to the twins and their connection to each other. Even if one isn’t a twin and has never shared such a bond with someone, Flower Moon has lessons of the importance of communication, love of family, and finding our own paths/talents.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  7 religious exclamations. 

Violence/Gore:  Character is pushed to the ground by the class bully; character remembers kicking her mother as a small child out of anger; character remembers seeing someone get their arm crushed, without any details given except injuries are described as looking like raw hamburger; frightening scene where 2 characters are swept out to sea by a big wave and one character ends up hitting her head on a rock drawing blood; story told how someone was burned, hair and side of face mentioned, by an upsurge in flames of an open fire

Sex/Nudity:  Boy and girl hold hands; boy and girl hug (2 times).

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Alcohol / Drug Use:

Man smokes a pipe.

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About the Reviewer

I remember as a young girl sneaking out of my bedroom to read by the hall light my parents left on, just so I could finish an exciting book. I’ve always loved books and reading is somewhat of a passion for me–something I’m passing on to my kids. I have four children and I have a hard time making them turn out the light when they say, “But I just got to the good part”.