The whole time Spencer and Mitch hung out together at Bird Lake that summer, there were secrets keeping them apart.
And maybe a secret knowledge keeping them together, tootogether like members of the same tribe. Like friends.
Olives Ocean, my last novel, was published in 2003.
Since then Ive written and illustrated three picture books and two board books.
All the while I was working on those books, I was thinking about Bird Lake Moon.
In fact, my first notes for Bird Lake Moon are dated June 2003.
My new book revolves around two boys: Spencer Stone and Mitch Sinclair. It was
Spencer and his family who came to me first. Its interesting to me now that
Mitch wasnt part of the story when I began. But once he appeared in my thoughts
and on the page, he became increasingly important. In its final form, the book
starts with his story.
The creative process is difficult to understand, much less explain. I do
know that bits and pieces of my life and of my familys life are embedded in
Bird Lake Moon, as they are in all my books. And, like a person, a book
grows, lives, moves forward in its own way.
After being a huge part of me for years, Bird Lake Moon is ready to find
its readers. Its bittersweet to let a book go, but Im already thinking of
other ones. . . .
With sure, crystalline prose, Henkes discloses the breathless suspense that even the shortest moment can contain, and the enormous courage that loss demands. Young readers who plunge into these extraordinary interlocking stories will discover mysterious, sad, and hopeful things about themselves and the people they love. (Reviewed by Jo Perry).
[T]he novel embodies the sympathy and kindness of which Henkes is capable when creating young characters dealing with loss.
In a novel as tender as his acclaimed Olive's Ocean, Henkes probes the psyches of two boys facing family conflicts.
School Library Journal
Henkes creates compelling, child-centric images, excellent dialogue, and a believable resolution, with humor and just the right amount of tension to make this a significant and highly readable book.
Through artfully observed details and perfectly pitched dialogue among the boys and clever Lolly, Henkes deftly locates Mitch's pain and confusion, delivering a novel that's quiet, nuanced and redemptive.
Recent Reader Reviews
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In Bird Lake Moon, the tragic drowning of Spencer's four-year-old
brother haunts his family during their return visit to Bird Lake. As we approach
the summer months, it is wise to ponder the following tragic statistics
presented by the
"Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths to
children ages 14 and under. A temporary lapse in supervision is a common factor
in most drownings and near-drownings. Child drownings can happen in a matter of
seconds - in the time it takes to answer the phone. There is often no splashing
to warn of trouble. . . "
Even more sobering are the following facts about how and when drownings occur:
Of all preschoolers who drown, 70% are in the
care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning.
Of all preschoolers who drown, 75% are missing
from sight for five minutes or less.
Two-thirds of all drownings happen between May and
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