Thursday, 13 June 2013

Joyous and Moonbeam

'Joyous and Moonbeam' by Richard Yaxley is a strong and touching Australian teen novel.
The story is essentially that of 33 year old intellectually disabled man, Joyous.

 Life has not been easy for Joyous who has long been the butt of jokes and has encountered many fights.
Whilst his mother is fiercely loving and supportive his father had an untimely death after a 'poorly judged whiparound a bread van'.

Joyous is working in a sheltered workshop when he befriends a 15 year old girl he nicknames 'Moonbeam'. Slowly they begin to form a friendship which blossoms. Their friendship is nurturing and has mutual benefits.

Joyous has a  philosophy of 'working things around a little' and looking for the positives begins to rub off on pessimistic Moonbeam.
The voice of Joyous is fresh and innocent and true.
'Joyous and Moonbeam' is told from the point of view of three people : Joyous, his mother, and Moonbeam.
Each has a compelling story to tell.

Recommended reading.

-Ann

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