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Talking to the Moon

Written by S. E. Durrant

Key Stage 2 Family / Home Stories General Fiction

LoveReading View on Talking to the Moon

Poignant, uplifting story of family and memory

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021 | March 2020 Book of the Month

Iris takes refuge with her grandma, Mimi, to escape the chaos at home, caused by her two-year old twin siblings and her dad’s DIY repairs. There’s a different kind of disorder in Mimi’s house which is chock full of items collected over the years, chiefly boxes of photos she’s taken and developed. Among the photographs of other people’s weddings are family portraits and its one of these that sets Iris on a hunt to unravel an old mystery, even as Mimi’s memories are fading. The story is beautifully told, as much about Iris and her search for order and happiness as it is about Mimi and her struggle with dementia. A poignant, thoughtful examination of family relationships, memory and loss, that ends on a note of hope and renewal.

Andrea Reece

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The Editor at Nosy Crow says: “A beautiful and moving story of losing someone you love while they’re right in front of you.”


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Talking to the Moon Synopsis

Iris's grandmother, Mimi, has started to put jam on her scrambled eggs and tie blue ribbons around her fingers to remind her of stuff. Her house, always full of things, is becoming harder and harder to navigate, and when Iris goes to stay, she feels as if a whole life is becoming muddled up. As her grandmother's memory fades, a mystery is uncovered. Who is Coral, and what happened to her?

Talking to the Moon Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A positive story based on a young girl called Iris and her adventures with her friend and her grandmother Mimi. Uncovering the past and the real story of what happened to Mimi’s cousin, set against her grandmother’s failing memory and what they think might be dementia. Uplifting, and puts a smile on your face whilst you’re reading it - I liked this story and enjoyed the story. Full review

Charlie Dunn (Age 12)

A sensitively written look into family, friendship and remembering what is important. Beautifully crafted and a wonderful read. Full review

Bryony Davies (Teacher Reviewer)

Talking to the moon was a great read that I enjoyed! All of the characters had appreciable personalities that were fun to follow along and the ending was another aspect that I enjoyed with good pace and endnote. Full review

Erica Motoc (Age 14)

S. E. Durrant has done it again! Full review

Fern Tolley (Kid Reviewer)

A thrilling and enticing read for all those who love some mystery. Full review

Cox (Age 11)

Talking to the Moon Press Reviews

Praise for Running on Empty;

‘Beautiful writing about family, loss, dreams and small pleasures that packs a real emotional punch’  Fiona Noble in The Bookseller

Praise for S. E. Durrant’s debut novel, Little Bits of Sky;

‘This remarkable debut novel reads as if written by an experienced children’s author at the height of her powers.’   Nicolette Jones

‘SE Durrant writes both economically and subtly as she tells the story of the children and the mysterious Glenda. In spite of its lyrical quality, realism permeates the book and the ending, whilst optimistic, is entirely believable.’   The Scotsman

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788004701
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: S. E. Durrant
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Body / Health, Family / Home Stories, General Fiction

About S. E. Durrant

S.E. Durrant has wanted to be a writer since she was a child and has always squeezed writing in around the edges of her life. She spent her childhood in Scotland before moving to Leicestershire when she was twelve. She studied Fine Art (painting) and then travelled widely before settling in south London. She has taken on many jobs including working on a stall at Covent Garden market, selling paintings in Venice and teaching art to children. For many years she worked on research bids at the University of London. She now lives in Brighton with her partner and ...

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