Talking to the Moon


Can Iris work out how to fix Mimi, her grandmother? While Mason, her ‘not a friend’, compares Mimi’s behaviour to that of his grandfather, Iris is uncertain. Yet, Mimi adds jam to eggs, holds an umbrella to protect her from rain when in the kitchen, but then, Mimi’s always been rather eccentric, hasn’t she? It’s what drives Mum mad about her!

Iris is staying with Mimi while Dad removes all the mould from her bedroom. It gives Iris space from the twins and time to enjoy her grandmother’s company. However, things aren’t really going as well as they might. Mason has seen Mimi ‘Talking to the Moon’. When he’s not talking about his marble collection, he’s full of questions and laughter about Mimi and her behaviour. Iris hopes that the museum cine-loop film they’ve discovered of a laughing red-haired girl might hold out clues to help Mimi. After all this girl wears a bracelet that matches Mimi’s. What is the story?

Talking to the Moon is a thoroughly engaging, sincere, heart-warming story of a situation familiar to many families. S.E. Durrant’s tender storytelling includes fully formed, realistic characters. It is outstanding. We recommend Talking to the Moon to confident readers who seek a real-life, empathetic, necessary book.


Talking to the Moon

S.E. Durrant

(Nosy Crow)

Mason laughs at the way that Iris’s grandmother, Mimi, insists upon Talking to the Moon. However, it’s rather like the way Iris talks to the seagull on the roof, Iris considers. Iris is staying with Mimi who lives next door to Mason, Iris’s ‘not a friend’. At home, there’s chaos as Dad attends to the mould and the twins, while there’s a certainty in Mimi’s confusion. Or is there? While Mimi has always been rather eccentric, with her little dances and cold sea swimming, there’s something more. Iris keeps a list of advice for Mimi, such as ‘The girl who is sleeping in the next-door bedroom is called Iris. She is your granddaughter. Rena is Iris’s mum (your daughter). Iris doesn’t like jam on her eggs.
While Mason laughs at Mimi’s confusion, Iris is defensive and concerned. She covers up to her family and her ‘not-a-friend’. Thereafter, Iris hopes through her notes and attention that Mimi will not be discovered. After all, Lee and Dan across the road, and Iris, can cope with this, can’t they? Then there’s Coral, the long lost baby sister Iris rediscovers at the museum. What is her story and that of the bracelet matching Mimi’s that appears at Mason’s mother’s friend’s sweetshop?
S.E. Durrant, is the highly acclaimed writer of Running on Empty and Little Bits of Sky. Somehow, she creates believable situations, settings and characters. We feel the creeping chill of fear about Mimi’s behaviour, alongside the advance of a Brighton seaside autumn. Talking to the Moon is a highly empathetic, mature and thoughtful title that Bookwagon loves and recommends.


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