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Cry for the Moon
by William Woodall   

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Publisher:  Jeremiah Press ISBN-10:  0981964117 Type: 


Copyright:  Feb 11, 2009 ISBN-13:  9780981964119

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What would you do, if the people you loved asked you to do something you hated? What if they wouldn't take no for answer? Those are the questions Zach has to ask himself in this wonderfully original take on the classic werewolf tale. Cry for the Moon is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching story of what it means to be human, and to remain true to what you believe in no matter how high the cost. Nominated for the 2010 Texas Lone Star Reading List for excellence in young adult literature, this book will touch your heart long after the last page.

Cry for the Moon is one of the most unusual stories you are likely to ever read.  It has been called inspirational, thought-provoking, heartwarming, and impossible-to-put-down by several reviewers on Amazon and elsewhere.  Although written in the first person from a child's perspective, the book is suitable for anyone from about the age of 10 and up, including adults.  One of my highest priorities when writing is to create something that can be enjoyed by all ages (although different ages may very well enjoy different aspects of it).

The book is available in both hardcover and paperback editions, as well as in several Ebook formats.  You can buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble Online, Books-A-Million, on my personal website, or by special request at most bookstores if you give them the ISBN number.

I let my mind drift away for a minute, thinking about all the things I'd left behind. The mountains and the whitewater, Jonathan, going target practicing in the quarry, my bike, my family, school. . . where should I even start? If I made a list of things, I could probably go on and on till the cows came home and still leave out a bunch. How could I ever even begin to replace it all?
The answer to that one was easy, of course; there wasn't any way. You can never have the same thing twice, and it's hopeless to try. It never works like that, and all you end up doing is breaking your heart against a solid rock. That's why when you lose things you have to let them go instead of trying to get them back again. You can't do it, and you only hurt yourself worse if you keep on. Never cry for the moon.

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An excellent adventure novel that follows a young boy on his journey to "freedom" of soul... really surprisingly good!

When I first started reading this book, I almost put it down. It seemed odd, starting out with a werewolf scene that almost turned me off from the book, since I have no experience with this author. However, I kept going and I was REALLY pulled into the story. The beginning was then fitting for the story as well, the whole point is that you are repulsed by the start, same as the main character!!

An excellent book by a newish author... he should be in the ranks of the rest of the Christian Fiction authors!! Very excellent writing, very good storyline, excellent, well-rounded characters! Highly recommend! I am going to read his other books now when I get a moment!

Cry for the Moon is one of the best books I've ever read. I think readers of all ages will love this inspirational tale. I was hooked from the start. On the surface it is a humourous adventure and yet if you look deeper it is a story about life and searching for something more. Twelve year-old Zach comes from a family of loup garous (werewolves). He has now reached the age where he is ready to be initiated and become a 'monster' as he puts it. His family have already set the wheels in motion to turn him into a fully fledged loup garou. This is when Zach makes his escape fleeing from the family home under some pressure to avoid being there for the next full moon when he will be expected to make his first kill.

The story is written in the first person from Zach's viewpoint, in a loose style reminiscent of JD Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye'.

It is the story of Zach's quest to find his uncle Justin who is one of the only members of his family who is not a werewolf. He has never met his uncle before and doesn't even know where he lives. He sets out on a search from Tennessee to Texas, living rough and getting by on the little money he can make along the way. It's a fun read and contains some inspirational writing. In his search for his uncle, Zach finds more than he set out to find. On a deeper level the book is also about turning from the dark and finding God. It is also a story about the choices that we have to make in life, and how difficult those choices can be.

A book that dares to be different!
Even the description of the story did not quite prepare me for the disturbing start of this book - but I had to read on (do NOT let the beginning keep you from reading the book - you will soon understand how crucial that scene is to the rest of the story).

I was rewarded for my efforts, as this tale unfolds with surprising satisfaction! The author is very skilled at creating the mood and making you feel the emotions of this young man, who is faced with very grown-up dilemmas and decisions.

I found myself captivated with the story and could not stop reading until I reached the end!
Everything about this story is thought-provoking, from the young man's ability to cope with various situations, to the ultimate choice he must make.

The monster that Zach has to deal with may be nothing, compared with the 'monsters' that other children are facing - this book could easily be a turning point for them. Readers of all ages will appreciate this wonderfully told story. I look forward to reading more books by this author and I will recommend this book to everyone!

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Reviewed by William Woodall 5/25/2009
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