Footprints on the Moon is a stunning fictional work of effortless prose and lyrical stanzas that fill your heart. It is beautifully written and thoughtful, evoking a range of emotions from the reader.
The simplistic prose makes way for important and powerful notions to be spoken. It allows for the heaviness of Sharnie’s world to be explained and processed in such a lyrical, heartfelt way.
Sharnie’s innocence is refreshing and honest. It lends a unique viewpoint to the harshness of the Vietnam war and to seeing someone you love slowly fade into old age and beyond. It is Sharnie’s innocence that propels Footprints on the Moon forward, what gives it, it’s authenticity.
Sharnie’s grief is a vivid thing, I can relate to her loss, a grandmother is like a best friend to a young girl and losing one is devastating. It is heartbreaking to read about Sharnie’s loss, how she spirals down into herself and can’t see joy for her pain.
I love the way that friendship is shown within this book. How it vividly shows what friendship is like and feels like in the beginning of high school, how every little gesture can feel like the worst thing in the world. How teenagers can be horrible and hurtful without realising the lasting consequences. Sharnie finding Gail was a light in Sharnie’s grief and that friendship taught her a lot about who she is and who she wants to be.
We are gently shown the protests surrounding surrounding Vietnam War and reasons behind them, in a way that is easy for younger readers to digest. We are shown how the past generation and new generation butt heads when it comes to social norms and changes within society around what is expected of its people. I really enjoyed how it dabbled in what happened for returned soldiers too, how they were shown animosity upon their return home.
Footprints on the Moon is a sweet tale of friendship, family and growing up. It is eloquently written in prose that has you pausing to think about what has been said. This Middle Grade work is powerful and demands to be read.
Thank you to AusYaBloggers and UQP for including me in the blog tour for this title. All opinions and thoughts are my own.