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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Sorrow of a Crescent Moon by J. Wagoner is a thought-provoking story about an eight-year-old boy, Jamie, and his trip with his family to New Orleans. The story takes an unexpected turn when Jamie is gifted with a unique worry stone. The stone has instruction to be kept under his pillow when he sleeps. With that, Jamie goes on an exciting journey and helps him discover New Orleans in an unusual manner, soaking up the essence of the place which is not that tangible to normal visitors. It's a story that teaches Jamie many lessons in life; that of fear, depression, anxiety, regret and emotional pain.
The book is deep and profound. Jamie meets the shadow version of everyone and he learns that each shadow has its own issues, troubles and emotional problems. As he gets into the emotional space of others, he also learns about his own issues. The book has many light and dark moments and I recommend this book for adults too. Jamie finds himself in different challenging situations every day, but realizes that whatever the problem and situation, there is always hope. The black and white sketches complement the story well. The author's depiction of New Orleans is interesting. The story, though written for kids, delves into deeper concepts like depression, pain and anxiety. The creepy hotel and the mysterious woman give a spooky vibe to the plot. The book ends on a positive note, in spite of all the challenges Jamie encounters.