Dear Ann Rinaldi
Life is like a moon. Life has streaks of good times which on a moon are the bright side, the side you see. But what is on the other side? In life that is the time when everything seems to go wrong, the dark side. In Juliet’s Moon the main character experiences the bad side at a young age, like I did. Because of your book I learned that no matter what happens the dark side of your moon never lasts forever.
When I was four and a half I moved from Chicago to Des Moines, Iowa, my current home. The first few months were hectic. Everything was in boxes, and unpacking was going slowly. At school I wanted to meet friends and get on with life, but because it was November I needed to learn all the rules. I finally settled down and got the idea of how life in Des Moines works and then lived a very ordinary life. But a few weeks after my eighth birthday, my grandfather died. The next year my other grandfather died, followed by the death of my grandmother. During those times, I cried enough to fill an ocean. To cope with the sadness I read a lot of books. One that I picked up was Juliet's Moon. I never knew I would relate to a historic novel, but I did. Like Juliet, I moved and started a different life. Like Juliet, I had lost people close to me.
Others might think that this book is all sadness, but it contains valuable lessons. Juliet learns that life is like a moon. The side you see is bright and good. The side you don't see is dark and full of unlucky times. She also learns that life can move back and forth between the good and bad sides, like an orbit. You can never live on one side of your moon. This movement makes life full of surprises and less dull.
During my dark side the book taught me that I can just tell myself, "Claire, the dark side won't last forever." Remembering this helped me to not cry as much, to look forward to the future, and to have more confidence in myself, but even more importantly is that I know that this simple phrase is true, and it works. I still use that saying today. And because of your book and that phrase, I now live a good life on the bright side of my moon. Though I still think about the dark times, they seem far away and not as harsh or sad. Thank you for writing this book.