Song of the Moon


Children - Mystery
122 Pages
Reviewed on 03/01/2018
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Author Biography

Helen Laycock’s short stories have been successful in many writing competitions, and her first attempt at play-writing secured her a shortlisting in Pint-Sized Plays in 2016. She has compiled three short story collections and is currently working on three more. Helen also writes flash fiction, and has been featured in The Best of CafeLit for the last four consecutive years, as well as having many pieces published online.
Her poetry has most recently appeared in Popshot Magazine, The Caterpillar and Full Moon and Foxglove (Three Drops Press). Her poems appear in several further anthologies, and, since winning the David St. John Writing Awards for Novice Poetry in 2006, her work has been acknowledged in many other competitions.
In addition, she has penned nine children's books for 8-12-year-olds.
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I was inspired to write 'Song of the Moon' after passing the same house every day when I took my children to school. There was a porch at the front where many pot plants flourished and occasionally I saw the occupant in a wheelchair. As with any story, a nugget is all that is needed to set a writer's imagination alight!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Song of the Moon by Helen Laycock is a fantastical adventure that revolves around Isadora Wellington who wants to earn her Brownie Merit Badge by helping elderly people. Izzy decides to help Titania Moonsong, an old woman who is wheelchair bound. Mrs. Moonsong lives down the street and she is friendly, but there are rumors that she is a witch. Mrs. Moonsong takes up Izzy’s offer of help, but then Izzy feels that there is something eerie and dangerous. One day Izzy finds a closed door behind a cupboard. Things take a turn when Mrs. Moonsong disappears. Is she really a witch? Is her nephew, Dylan, trying to harm her? Will Izzy be able to help and earn her Community Badge?

The story builds up nicely and the author weaves danger, mystery, suspense, and intrigue into the story, making readers wonder about Mrs. Moonsong. The story also conveys messages of friendship and the importance of helping during times of need through the plot. There is always a sense of urgency and suspense that lurks behind the words as the story progresses, and that makes young readers curious to learn more about what is going to happen next. Helen Laycock is one of my favorite children’s authors. She combines mystery and magic together, along with memorable characters and good messages through her stories, making them a must-read. It is a good story for bedtime storytelling and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.