Find the Moon Book Blitz and Book Review


By Beth Fehlbaum

Young Adult / Social Issues / Family Issues
Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
Pages: 298 pages
Expected Publication Date: January 10, 2023

For as long as she can remember, Kylie Briscoe’s been searching for the moon even though she has no idea why it soothes her. Placed in an impossible situation by her mother, Kylie cries for help. It brings rescuers and a new life, but it feels more like a death sentence when she is separated from her three-year-old sister Aliza, the only person Kylie’s ever really loved.

Now she’s in tiny Patience, Texas, with her eccentric potty-mouthed grandmother, ever-patient stargazing grandfather, an uncle who reminds her a lot of a cop who terrified her during a drug bust, a herd of Norwegian Dwarf goats, their “guard donkeys,” and three canine roommates occupying Kylie’s former nursery.
When the authorities make a mistake that could cost her everything, Kylie must decide whether to tell the truth-all of it-in order to save herself and her sister.
Pre-order a copy of Find the Moon and enter the author’s giveaway! Three lucky winners will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, a signed set of THE PATIENCE TRILOGY, and a signed copy of BIG FAT DISASTER. Ends 12/30/2022. Visit Beth’s website for more information and to enter!
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This is a story I did not see coming. From the gripping first pages to the last turn of the page, Find the Moon is a story that is hopeful, breaks your heart, and makes you realize that something is bigger out there than this world we live on.

Readers are introduced to Kylie Briscoe as the big sister who is protecting and taking care of her little sister. Their mom is a complete drug-addict failure. Along the way, you are drawn into how Kylie was used for drug payments through sex trafficking. This story is about how the main character defied the odds, protected her baby sister, and found a new life.

Find the Moon is a story that hits the core of your every emotion. This is a YA fiction novel that might hopefully, help others find their strength and their voice. What I found endearing is that Kylie on her new path in life actually screws up and she’s forgiven and does right. Best of all, through the love of her grandparents and her boyfriend she sees her mother as her true self.  Honey, Kylie’s grandmother, sounds much like mine was, especially with the cursing.

What really drew me into the story is the connection between Kylie’s grandfather, the moon, and the stars. The moon is something that never changes for any of us. It is a constant that everyone can relate to and draw upon. Love this connection they share over the moon.

Just “one thing at a time.” We all need to remember that mantra, along with “I will, I can.”

The one quote that sticks it out from this book is “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all,” by Elie Wiesel.

Author, Beth Fehlbaum, you took my breath away with this story of hopelessness, friendships, learning, and the moon!

Beth Fehlbaum is the author of the young adult novels Find the Moon, Big Fat Disaster (on the Spirit of Texas-High School Reading List, 2014-2015), Courage in Patience, Hope in Patience (A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers), and Truth in Patience. With Dr. Matt E. Jaremko, Beth co-wrote the creative nonfiction book, Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt. She is a high school English teacher.

Authenticity, calling out hypocrisy, and finding one’s voice are frequent themes in Beth’s work, and they are absolutely essential themes in her life, as well. Beth has a B.A. in English, a minor in secondary education, and an M.Ed. in reading. Beth is in-demand as an author-panelist, having presented/appeared at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, the American Library Association’s annual conference, YALSA, N.C.T.E./ALAN, and numerous YA book festivals. She’s a member of The Author’s Guild, SCBWI, Romance Writers of America, and the Texas Federation of Teachers.  She loves doing school visits and meeting teens, teachers, and librarians!
Beth lives in the woods of East Texas in a house on a slice of family acreage. The home was built by her family over one very hot humid summer, a task she wishes never to repeat again. This sanctuary-of-sorts is lined by pine trees, and the woods are inhabited by raccoons, possums, and feral cats. All of these creatures appear to consider Beth their cat-food-providing goddess. There is no place she would rather be.
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