Pub. Date: November 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult (13+) / Literary /Magical Realism
Having won a number of awards, Robin Gregory's The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is being lauded as a classic. A haunting, visionary tale spun in the magical realist tradition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, the profoundly unique voice and heart-stirring narrative recall great works of fiction that explore the universal desire to belong.
Early 1900s, Western America. A lonely, disabled boy with a nasty temper and uncontrolled mystical powers, Moojie is taken by his father to his grandfather's wilderness farm. There, Moojie befriends an otherworldly clan of outcasts, and wants to prove he can fit in with them. Following a series of misadventures, magical and mystical, Moojie struggles to master his powers. He is summoned by the call to a great destiny ... if only he can survive one last terrifying trial.
Praise for The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman
"The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is an extremely unique story delving into the mystery and intrigue of Moojie's supernatural life. [The] writing has a lyrical quality that is both playful and exciting, and we would be truly honored to represent [the] book in our catalog of award winning titles this coming year."—Nicholas Beatty, Executive Director, Gelett Burgess Center, Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award
“The book’s mysticism is lucidly presented, and its magical realism is effective, moving, and heartening. A lively, original take on a story of a boy with more limits—and more magic—than most.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review, Best Indie Books of the Year 2016
“Wow! Wonderful lyricism and magical reality. Captivating.”—Lisa Rojany, award-winning author of Surviving the Angel of Death.
"Gregory has imagined and written one of the best books I've read in decades. With a touch of magic realism and characters straight out of science fiction, The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman will melt your heart.—Franny B., NetGalley
*Best Indie Books of the Year, 2016, YA, Fantasy, Kirkus Reviews
*Best Fiction, 2016, The Indie Spiritual Book Award
*Best First Middle Grade, 2016, Gold & Pre-Teen Fantasy, Gold, Literary Classics
*International Book Award
*Best Book of 2016, YA, Fantasy, Gold, Mom’s Choice
*Curated Pick, 2016, Indie California Book Collection, Library Journal, Self-e
*Book of the Year, 2016, Cover Design & Fiction, Gold, IPPY
*Book of the Year, 2016, YA, Fiction, International Book Assn
*Medalist Winner, 2016 Visionary Fiction & Best New Fiction, New Apple Awards
*Book of the Year, 2015, YA, Finalist & Cover Design, Gold, Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Awards
*Children’s Book Award, 2015, Fantasy, Gold, Gelett Burgess
*Best Indie Books of December, 2015, Kirkus Reviews
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About the Author
ROBIN GREGORY was born in Pensacola, Florida. She grew up in California, accompanied by seven siblings, and surrounded by horses, real cowboys, and the occasional rattlesnake. She has always been drawn to helping others, a trait that began, to her mother's horror, with bringing home swallow chicks stricken from their nests. She has worked as a journalist, lay minister, and infant massage instructor for mothers and babies at risk. Her studies include Literature and Creative Writing at University of California, Santa Cruz and Stanford University's Writer's Workshop. She lives with her husband and son in a Carmel cottage old enough to make you sneeze.
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman, her début novel, has won 21 awards.