Friday 17 June 2022

All Four Quarters of the Moon

All Four Quarters of the Moon by Shirley Marr (Puffin) PB RRP $16.99 ISBN 9781760899554

Making mooncakes with her grandmother Ah Ma for the mid-Autumn Festival is the last day of Peijing’s old life. Now, adapting to their new life in Australia, Peijing thinks everything will turn out okay for her family as long as they have each other – but cracks are starting to appear. Her five-year-old sister, Biju, needs Peijing to be a dependable. Ma Ma is no longer herself; Ah Ma keeps forgetting who she is; and Ba Ba, who used to work seven days a week, is adjusting to being a hands-on dad. Peijing needs to cope with the uncertainties of her own little world, while shouldering the burden of others.

In this novel for children aged 9+ years, Peijing and Biju tell stories from Chinese mythology, from the Jade Rabbit, and moon goddess to the animals of the Chinese zodiac.

CBCA award-winning author, Kate Gordon has said that this book is ‘an instant classic.’

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