Author Richard Due has written a fabulous adventure for young minds to immerse themselves in mystery, discovery, wonder, and danger. Jasper and Lily are wonderfully created characters, full of personality, life, and depth. This fact endeared the book to me at once, as the brother and sister of Due's making lacked all the boredom, laziness, un-imaginative apathy, and mock-maturity of too many middle grade characters. Eager to learn and acutely aware of right and wrong, Jasper and Lily engage in antics of youth with curious bliss rather than the dark brooding of misunderstood angst.
A read-aloud for younger children, The Moon Coin could be enjoyed through the middle grades easily. Intricate sentence structure, vivid descriptions, and complexity of storyline make Due's offering a welcome treat for young readers/listeners.
I (Moira) read The Moon Coin aloud to my seven and eight year old sons; and believe me when I tell you, they begged for more. The story, while quite detailed, held their interest throughout. They would stop me to inquire about words they didn't understand (style points for Due in incorperating rich vocabulary) and then quiet down to listen once again. The chapters are long, so be aware if you plan to read-aloud - bring a cup of tea!
The electrimals remained a favorite for both boys, but there was no lack of creativity to choose from. Lunariums, Mr. Phixit, nine-sided windows, puzzles to solve, and clues to dicipher abound within The Moon Coin, earning my highest recommendation.