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Title:
Biting the moon
Author:
Grimes, Martha.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
301 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 6.3 22 Quiz: 24701 Guided reading level: NR.
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780805056211
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This is a riveting, fast moving story about a teenager with amnesia who names herself Andi, a girl who befriends her, & their quest to uncover Andi's past.


Author Notes

Martha Grimes was born on May 2, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Maryland.

The idea for Martha Grimes' first British detective novel, The Man with a Load of Mischief (1981), was inspired by the name of a British pub she noticed while leafing through a travel book. A longtime Anglophile, she has continued to use a British pub as both the title and part of the setting in each subsequent novel in the series which features Scotland Yard Detective Richard Jury, his assistant, Melrose Plant, and Plant's interfering Aunt Agatha. The Anodyne Necklace (1983) won her the Nero Wolfe Award. Her other works include The Stargazey, The Case Has Been Altered, The End of the Pier, Biting the Moon, and Dust. Her title, Vertigo 42, made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Grimes' latest opens dramatically with an unnamed girl rescuing coyotes who are caught in cruel, steel-jaw traps. We learn she's an amnesiac who woke up one morning in a Santa Fe bed-and-breakfast to discover from the owner that she'd been brought in dead asleep the night before by a man claiming to be her father. She takes the name Andi and is befriended by a young teen orphan, Mary Dark Hope. What holds the reader as the two girls set out by car on a mission to find "Daddy" is the naturalness of the dialogue, the sharp characterizations, and the foreboding tone. Grimes eventually loses her readers, however, thanks to some heavy-handed flogging of animal-rights issues and an overabundance of melodramatic escapades: the girls rescue an abused dog, not once but twice, from a ring that promotes dogfights; the girls investigate a "canned hunt" of trapped animals. Then there's the final confrontation between Andi and "Daddy" --as full of violence and portentous meaning as a TV movie. This is a definite disappointment coming from the talented Grimes, but that won't stop her fans from wanting to read it. --Sally Estes


Publisher's Weekly Review

Engaging adolescent Mary Dark Hope, who appeared in Rainbow's End, returns in this uneven thriller/animal-rights polemic. After Mary befriends Andi, a teenage amnesiac who releases trapped animals in New Mexico's Sandia Mountains, the two girls head after a mysterious man who Andi thinks may have kidnapped her and knows her identity. Conveniently, the orphaned Mary has a bank account, a car, her dead sister's driver's license and gullible caregivers. The girls easily encounter garrulous informants along the way, finding a friend and protector in Reuel, a salt-of-the-earth dropout who knows everyone in Salmon, Idaho, where they've tracked their quarry. Once Andi identifies Harry Wine, a river expedition outfitter, as her abductor, the book shifts into a series of predictable episodes that show unthinking people gruesomely mistreating animals and that reveal the arrogant Wine's vile nature. Mary and Andi rescue an abused dog, go white-water rafting, spy on a "canned hunt" for endangered animals. In a violent scene near the book's end, Andi confronts Wine, then disappears. Although Grimes writes movingly of the plight of maltreated animals and gracefully evokes the beauty of the American West, many scenes are too long and aimless. Most of the characters are stereotypes, their individual motivations hard to discern. Andi's disappearance is especially puzzlingÄlike the Lone Ranger, she stirs up the populace and vanishes, leaving the cleanup to others. This is not a Richard Jury book, and fans will miss him. Rights, Peter Lampack Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Grimes takes a vacation from Richard Jury: a girl, suffering from amnesia, searches for the man who abducted her. A Mystery Guild main selection. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

YA-Two brave and resourceful teenagers careen from one wild adventure to another in this gripping tale of kidnapping, murder, and more. The older girl wakes alone in a bed-and-breakfast near the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico. She has complete amnesia but she's sure that the person who brought her there is not her "Daddy," as he described himself to the proprietress. She searches the room, finds a wad of money and a backpack labeled A. O., and heads for the mountains, where she finds an empty cabin in the foothills. She calls herself Andi and decides she must be about 15. Sneaking into a pharmacy in a nearby town, she is discovered by Mary Dark Hope, a 14-year-old orphan who takes Andi home with her. Andi persuades Mary to help her find out who she is, and the two set off on a series of adventures involving animal rescue and a white-water rafting expedition led by "Daddy," who turns out to be a rapist, pedophile, and murderer. In the end, he is exposed and killed by Andi in self-defense. She discovers that she is also an orphan and sets off to find out who her parents were. YAs will find this somewhat unbelievable but riveting story entertaining and the young heroines delightful and admirable.-Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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