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The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman by [Gregory, Robin]
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Length: 294 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Gregory's storytelling skills are inspired and make this mythologically-based, historical novel a delight to read. Some passages are so lovely that I found myself rereading them to more fully appreciate the masterful blending of sound, sense and meaning."--JACK MAGNUS, Reader's Favorite (5 Stars) "Wow! Wonderful lyricism and magical reality. Captivating."--LISA ROJANY, author, editor "Robin Gregory's writing is both mythical and mystical, carrying the reader along the edges of reality. Moojie's tale is gripping and I couldn't put it down." --VERONICA ENTWISTLE, BBS Radio

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4899 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mad Mystical Journey Press (14 Dec. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019D8UCDO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #600,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Just magical. One of those rare books you need time to think about after you have finished it. Not like anything I have come across before, I would best describe it as coming-of-age but also magical, or fantasy in genre. It had a lovely old fashioned feel to it, both in style and content, and there were so many phrases in the narrative and in the dialogue that made me smile. The story of Moojie, who is found and then adopted by a young couple, is heart warming from start to finish. Moojie has things stacked against him from the starts. Unwanted and abandoned, his new parents then discover he has physical disabilities. He is often scorned and ridiculed throughout his young life, and things get even worse when his beloved mother dies and his father, unable to cope, sends him to live on his grandfathers goat farm. As he grows from child to young man, Moojie yearns and aches for belonging and love. One by one he overcomes the difficulties life has thrown at him, and as a character, I just loved him. I wanted to reach into the book and make everything okay for him! Moojie soon discovers he had special healing powers, and life gets interesting when he meets the mystical 'light-eaters' who dwell in the caves in the mountain. His grandfather and the people of the village are fearful and suspicious of these strange 'hostiles' but Moojie befriends them, learns from them and becomes desperate to join them. What follows is a journey of self-discovery, growing up and towards the end, page turning scenes of heroism and drama. I just couldn't put it down, and I am extremely curious to read more from this author. For me, a very, very unique and beautiful book.
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“The problem with science was that it explained how God worked but not how to work with God. The problem with the Holy Scriptures was that they didn’t teach a boy how to capture a Girl with Starlit Eyes.”

Whimsical, sometimes touching, and with a narrative that moves like summer fireflies too quick to catch, The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is filled with enough wonder and magic to capture the imagination of preteen and early teens. While it is clear from an adult standpoint that that is the audience at whom this wonderfully written fable is aimed, the lessons underscoring this account of Moojie’s life widen its appeal considerably.

The reader is an observer of this fantastic tale, but one invested in its outcome. In essence, the chapters are like slideshows of Mojave’s life. If there is a caveat — at least for an adult reader — it is that the swiftness at which the author shows us Moojie’s life and adventures — and misadventures — fly by so quickly, it leaves little time to appreciate the many imaginative trappings. It also makes it difficult at first to make an emotional connection with Moojie, who for the first quarter of the book is somewhat bratty. I suspect that young teens and preteens however, will love the blistering pace, and appreciate Moojie’s growth and confusion as he encounters a world filled with magical realism; which might be the key to finding love and family, the two things he most wants in the world.

It is obvious right away that there is magic that lurks within Moojie — including a very special power I won’t reveal. This is despite the fact that he is crippled, and has trouble speaking and writing. Though he is adopted, things are not all peaches and cream in Moojie’s life where love is concerned.
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Robin Gregory is a bright child multiplied by herself. There is so much wit, wisdom, light, warmth and tenderness (and sometimes unbearable sadness) in this superbly written book. Moojie is a child with special needs and special powers (aren’t we all, to some degree?) and the author takes him on a journey through his hard life in a quest for love and belonging that leads to a kind of acceptance, understanding and belonging.

His improbable world of wonders bears some resemblance to the one that Lewis Carroll led Alice through, and much resemblance to the one we have the temerity to call ‘real’. How Moojie sees his world at first is bound up with how the unkind world sees Moojie. To what extent are the wonders surrounding our hero – the allegorically named Moojie Littleman - more improbable than the impossible wonders that so many people give credence to even now (praise the Lord!) when shaping their view of the world? If nothing is but thinking makes it so, then each of our realities is a figment of our own imagination. That’s good news. Robin Gregory’s imagination knows no bounds, but her feet are never far from ground we recognize: ignorance, prejudice and a willingness to kill in favour of one fantasy over another.

Moojie knows all too well how cruelly life can cripple you, but gradually learns how to sustain himself with his own spirit: falling back on the infinite power of his mind and the improbable wonder of words. Thoughts, after all, are only words that you get to decide whether or not to speak. Degrees of probability become irrelevant. Whenever ‘reality’ gets too much to bear, learn to harness the power of your mind. Leave the world of pain behind and embrace instead a world of wonders and infinite possibilities.
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