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Written by Sharon Creech

Illustrated by Sarah Horne

Adventure Stories Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Poetry Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on Moo

An unforgettable story of unexpected friendships and a very special cow

Reena and Luke’s lives change forever and in completely unexpected ways when they move from New York City to live in Maine. The surroundings and lifestyle are completely different, but the biggest drivers of change are their encounters with a cow called Zora. Sent by their parents to help Zora’s owner Mrs Falala, one of the most doughty and memorable eccentrics in fiction, they are pushed and pummelled (often literally) into becoming proficient cow handlers. There is so much more to learn too, not least about Mrs Falala. The story is told in a blend of poems and prose that is perfect for the story, conjuring up unforgettable images of the characters and the setting. Sharon Creech won the Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler and Moo is just as original and heart-warming. Congratulations to new independent publisher Guppy Books for bringing it to readers in this country.

Andrea Reece

Moo Synopsis

When their mum and dad decide to move their family to the country, Reena and Luke aren’t quite sure what to expect.  They’ve spent their whole life in the bustling city, so the thought of cool, calm Maine feels akin to moving to another planet. 

To help them to adjust to life in the country, the children find themselves assisting their new elderly neighbour, Mrs Falala.  At first working with this eccentric old woman and her random collection of animals feels like a punishment – particularly with the stubborn and surly Zora the cow, who seems to like nothing better than winding Reena up.  However as the children begin to learn about the responsibility called for when caring for animals, they being to understand that respecting differences can achieve wonderful things. 

Touching, tear-jerking and terrific fun, Moo is another stand-out middle-grade novel from the incomparable Sharon Creech. Told in verse, this is a timely story about adjusting to new environments, embracing new adventures and making new (two and four legged!) friends.

Moo Press Reviews

'Touches on themes of loss, friendship, and belonging in this appealing tale…fans of Love That Dog (2001) and Hate That Cat (2010) will find much to love in this story of a girl, a cow, and so much more.'' - Kirkus Reviews

'Creech’s spare narrative creates vivid, emotion-packed images of landscapes, characters, and “that wild-eyed heifer,” Zora, that will stay with readers.'' - Publishers Weekly

'Creech offers a memorable family story featuring an especially difficult cow... A heartfelt tale that will be embraced by C reech's fans, work well as a classroom readaloud, and find a spot in book groups.' - School Library Journal

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ISBN: 9781913101176
Publication date: 01/04/2021
Publisher: Guppy Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913101176
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: Sharon Creech
Illustrator: Sarah Horne
Publisher: Guppy Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, Poetry, Animals
Collections: 85 Brilliant Books about Friendships,

About Sharon Creech

Known for writing with a classic voice and unique style, Sharon Creech is the best-selling author of the Newbery Medal winner WALK TWO MOONS, and the Newbery Honor Book THE WANDERER. She is also the first American in history to be awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal for RUBY HOLLER. Her other works include the novels LOVE THAT DOG, BLOOMABILITY, ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS, CHASING REDBIRD, and PLEASING THE GHOST, and two picture books: A FINE, FINE SCHOOL and FISHING IN THE AIR. These stories are often centered around life, love, and relationships -- especially family relationships. Ms. Creech's first novel for ...

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