Moojie, a foundling, has a few stakes against him. He is disabled and possesses mysterious healing powers that even he doesn’t understand. He just doesn’t fit in. Neither does an outcast clan of aliens called the Light-Eaters, who are easily mistaken for Native Americans. When Moojie is adopted by childless couple, Henry and Kate,
Detail of “Naples” by David Seymour (CHIM) 1948
he is the center of their affections, and life is perfect … for a while.
But Moojie is slow to learn and speak and walk. He throws epic temper tantrums that cause objects to fly about mysteriously. At eight years old, Moojie’s doting mother is killed in a freak accident, and his rejecting father leaves him with a cantankerous grandfather named “Pappy,” at St. Isidore’s Fainting Goat Dairy.
Six years later, Moojie is fourteen years old, and his father still hasn’t come back for him. Unable to get along with Pappy, Moojie secretly reaches out to the elusive Light-Eaters for friendship. For love. For family. He undertakes a series of trials and misadventures in an effort to prove himself worthy of joining them. Determination to “belong” stirs up all kinds of trouble with Pappy and the villagers, but leads to a surprising destiny—if only Moojie can survive one last trial.
- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Gatekeeper Press (November 1, 2015)
- Distributor: Gatekeeper Press
- Language: English
- Price: $14.00 paperback/$2.99 ebook
- ISBN-10: 1942545002 paperback
- ISBN-13: 978-1942545002
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
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- Tags: Visionary, Magical Realism, Metaphysical, Teens, Literature, Fiction, Young Adult, spirituality, healing, disability, families, 1900s, American West
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