4 1/2 stars

Harry Moon lives in Sleepy Hollow, a town where it’s always Halloween. Harry can do magic- real magic- and when the circus comes to town, he goes off to the Big Top to ask the ringmaster if he can be part of the act. After his interview ends, Harry discovers two young kids on the carnival grounds. They tell him that they are fine, but Harry can’t shake the feeling that they need his help. Harry and his friends set out to find the truth, avoid the machinations of Harry’s sister Honey, and run into unexpected surprises along the way.

This book is not explicitly Christian, but the author does seem to operate from a believing worldview. Harry makes mention several times of the Deep Magic, which seems to be a reference to C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, and Harry mentions several times how conscious he is of using magic for good and not evil.

..harry mentions several times how conscious he is of using magic for good and not evil.

There were a few things that I would have preferred to be done differently. Harry and his friends were, I thought, too quick to use sneaking out after bedtime as an investigative tool. Harry was disciplined for it, but it seemed to me to be unnecessary in the first place. I thought that one character, Frank, had loads of potential that was not realized, and…more pictures would have been nice.

…harry moon meets a big need in children’s fiction- a chapter book for boys that is not about fighting.

Overall, I thought Harry Moon meets a big need in children’s fiction- a chapter book for boys that is not about fighting. There is so much violence in books for boys, and many of them are expressly written to introduce boys to gaming. I look forward to seeing Harry Moon in libraries everywhere!

Content Ratings:

Heat: None

Profanity: None.

Violence: None. There is some hiding and running away, but no actual violence happens.

Genre: Children’s fantasy

Age recommendation: Any child old enough to read a chapter book that has a picture or two per chapter rather than on every page.

Cost Today: $16.85 in Hardcover. Like most children’s books, this is not available on Kindle.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book when I volunteered to review a book for the 2018 Realm Awards.

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