If you read the book, you’ll
figure out what I was like — I’ll just say now that when my friends and
I got caught doing something a mother usually said:
I thought of this as a compliment. It wasn’t meant to be one, I know, but the word made me think of the circus and being in the center of all the excitement and fun.
How to play cat's cradle
Make hovercraft (Libby and Henry's attack saucers) from old CDs & a few other things
Rhiannon's Version (a reader made paintings, collages, and pop-ups to illustrate her version of Blow Out the Moon)
I hope you'll email me (Libby, the author) and tell me what you think of my book!
I ALWAYS answer letters I get from people who have read the book (though sometimes it takes me awhile). If you don't get an answer, please check your spam folder or resend your email! My not answering probably means either that your email didn't reach me or mine didn't reach you. Please resend it to the gmail address, NOT the email in the printed book!
“Libby's joyous times at Sibton Park make you laugh out loud.” 8th grader writing in Just Books
*“Delightful,” Booklist (starred review).
COVERS AND A REQUEST
TO MY LOYAL READERS (I understand now why old-fashioned novels say "DEAR readers." That's how I feel about the people who have written to me -- you ARE my dear readers.) : I'm updating this Web site -- which version do you like better? I'll be adding more links and fixing broken ones, too.
Some girls riding (if you've read the book -- they're in the stable yard. The building where we had the play is in the background):
Part of the drive and front of the house
The front and back look different because they were built at different times (the house was started in the 1300s and added onto over the years).
Libby's best friend at the boarding school at the beginning of their riding lesson.
Part of the top row in the school picture -- Linda Jay is the one with the braids
From Rhiannon's version of the book
Kay Nielsen illustrations for "East of the Sun and
This is what an eighth-grader wrote about Blow Out the Moon in a kids-only paper called Just Books:
“This tale of a young girl's voyage to England and the total difference in life styles is fascinating. Libby doesn't want to move to England, she wants to stay with her friends, especially with Henry. Libby is fascinated by the long boat ride, but when she reaches England Libby isn't happy. She longs for the sunshine and her American life. The people at school aren't nice and Libby wants to leave, until she finds Sibton Park, an English boarding school for girls, and one boy. It offers horseback riding lessons, and to Libby's horror, table manners. Libby's joyous times at Sibton Park make you laugh out loud and her funny point of view is great. Sibton Park comes alive as you read this interesting, funny story of Libby Koponen's childhood." -- eighth grader writing in Just Books
If you read it, please write and tell me what you think! I'll write back, I promise. My email is:
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To anyone who went to Sibton Park: I had to take the rest of the chapters down -- but I will be happy to email the Sibton Park chapters to you if you would like to see them....and there's a Sibton Park page on Facebook now!
from Chapter 14., Sibton Park, as illustrated in First Choice, an anthology
edited by Gitte Frandsen and Tania Kristiansen.