Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy by Jacqueline Woodson

When the storm comes to Pass Christian, Laurel’s mother and grandmother decide to stay and ride it out. Laurel, her 3-month- old brother and father escape Pass Christian—waiting for the storm to pass through. Only when Laurel and her father try unsuccessfully to reach her mother and grandmother, they start to worry. But her mother and grandmother had a plan. They were going to seek shelter at the Walmart. The Walmart would be safe—all those brick walls—it was a fortress, nothing could penetrate that. That’s what they thought. That’s what they hoped. Only the Walmart was leveled! The whole town washed away! No one can live in Pass Christian any more. So her deflated family moves north to a town called Gallilee. That’s where Laurel finds the moon. And her life goes spiraling out of control.

Throughout this dark portrayal of a young girl’s addiction, loss and despair, readers have a sense of hope that all will work out for Laurel and her family. Woodson writes with heart and compassion about all the “invisible” people.

Review by Barb, CLP-Allegheny

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