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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444907875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444907872
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a heart-stopping romantic adventure, singing with a love of art and language. (Judges' comments, 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards)

Crowley celebrates friendship, curiosity, and intellectual pursuits and writes funny, sophisticated books that zing with wit and energy... (Anges Nieuwenhuizen, Magpies Volume Twenty-five)

Graffiti Moon is so beautifully crafted that the shift between points of view is virtually seamless. Poet's free verse contributions are rather like the tense pauses in great music -- a place for readers to hold their breath and wait, skin tingling with anticipation, for the change in pace, pitch and rhythm. (NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children)

Teenage Midsummer Night's Dream of magic, romance and transformation. (Financial Times)

A pacy and action-packed read. The real selling point is Crowley's fabulously lyrical prose, which is an absolute pleasure to read. (Bookbag)

A rare gem of a book. I actually stopped reading it to make it last longer! Funny and romantic; the realistic dialogue is one of the novel's many strengths. The novel is like a breath of fresh air; witty, funny, intelligent and the story told by a light but assured hand. Sensitive and utterly realistic of how young people live, it is an absolute must for libraries. (School Librarian)

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"This is a heart-stopping romantic adventure, singing with a love of art and language." (Judges' comments, 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Lucy, Jazz and Daisy are going to celebrate the last day of school by staying out all night and they all have different goals that they want to accomplish by morning. Jazz just wants to be kissed, Daisy wants to get over her ex-boyfriend Dylan and Lucy is determined to track down the mysterious graffiti artist known only as Shadow. She has been a fan of his work for ages and feels like she has come to know him through his paintings, if only she could actually meet him she is sure they would be perfect for each other. Dylan wants to win Daisy back so he tells them that he knows Shadow and Poet and offers to take the girls to places where they might find them. Ed and Leo are dragged along for the ride but as the friends get sidetracked it ends up being just Lucy and Ed continuing the search.

Graffiti Moon is told from both Lucy and Ed's points of view in alternating chapters with some of Poet's poems scattered throughout the story. This allows us to really get to know both main characters and gives us the advantage of seeing the same scene from their differing perspectives. Lucy is such an interesting character to get to know, she comes from an unusual family and has definitely been raised to think outside the box. Her way of looking at the world is at times innocent but also very astute and her observations about the people and world around her were fascinating. An artist herself Lucy works with glass rather than with paint and I really enjoyed learning a bit about her training as a glass blower. I've watched glass blowers work in the past and was amazed at the way they were able to create such beautiful and intricate works from what is basically just melted sand with a few extra ingredients.
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By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2012
Format: Paperback
Every so often you read a book that you never want to leave behind. Well this was one of those books. I fell in love completely with the characters, the gentle but realistic storyline, and the poetic writing. The words were so beautifully written, I felt like I was watching a rainbow intensify in colour in front of eyes. The use of imagery was purely magical.

From the first chapter, the author instantly captures the essence of each character, so that you knew just how you felt for them straight away. As soon as Ed and Lucy met, you were desperate for them to be a couple and cursing as you realised they were keeping secrets from each other, each too frightened to admit the truth. They both came across as fledgling birds, who had fallen badly on their first flight, and you watch anxiously as they take those tentative steps to allow them to fly successfully for the first time.
This book felt like it had an underlying moral. Don't be afraid of who you are - embrace your inadequacies and problems, in order to move past them and succeed.

There is a strong feeling and gushing love for art in this book, as each character expresses their feelings in different artistic forms. Lucy explores how she feels through glass; her portfolio, The Fleet of Memory is something I really want to see as it sounded so beautiful as she expressed her past memories within hand blown glass boats. Ed explored his artistic nature through paintings on the wall, which sounded so much more than graffiti. Leo's artistic flow came via poetry and the poems represented in the book had me reaching for my pen and pad. This book shows that art can be represented in every aspect of life to make it beautiful.
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By Book Passion for Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
"I kept dreaming of this spot she had on her neck, this tiny country. I wanted to visit, to paint a picture of what I found there, a wall with a road map of her skin."

I just knew I was going to love Graffiti Moon when I finally got my hands on it, because all I'd heard before I started was how fantastic it is, and honestly, it really is a heart-warming, loveable and beautiful book!

Luce is a high school student who is addicted to art. She loves everything about it, but mainly she loves Shadow, a mysterious artist whose art she follows. Shadow paints complex pieces on walls, under trains - anywhere he can and it's all over the City. Because of Luce's connection to Shadow's art, she believes their meant for one another and she sets out to find him. But every time she gets close, she misses him just by a few seconds. When a friend of hers, a boy called Ed, claims he can take Luce to Shadow, so they go on an all-night search to find Shadow. But to find Shadow, Luce needs to a look a little closer because he might be someone she's known all along.

Graffiti Moon is truly an amazing and eye-opening read. I have to admit I've never really been a fan of but what this book did for me was open me up to the world of art. And now because I've seen it through Luce's and Shadow's point of view, I have more of an understanding for it. I have to take my hat off to Cath Crowley because while she was describing Shadow's pieces, it was done so beautifully that the pieces became very vivid. It was almost like I was there with the characters and I loved that.

I absolutely adored all the characters. Both Luce and Ed were amazing and I felt very connected to them.
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