What do you think about Wordsworth’s way of looking at the world, and how is it similar in Moojie Littleman?–Abhimanyu Pandey
Regarding Wordsworth’s “The Idiot Boy” and “We Are Seven”, it can be said that William Wordsworth and I share a mutual interest in children trapped in difficult circumstances. Children are also wiser than grownups or figures of authority. Moojie, an unwanted, disabled boy, teaches his aunt, a professor, his grandfather, a Civil War captain, and his adoptive father, a mapmaker, lessons in compassion, grace, and faith, lessons that nudge them beyond academia, history, and science.
Wordsworth also speaks of “invisible presences” and “unknown modes of being”. In “Tintern Abbey” he writes:
…And I have felt A presence that disturbs me with the joy Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime Of something far more deeply interfused, Whose dwelling is the light of the setting suns, And the round ocean and the living air, And the blue sky, and in the mind of man:
In the same poem, he says, We are laid asleep in body and become a living soul.
He refers to himself as a pagan who sees nature as a living being that communicates with us. Strangely, I, who consider myself a mystic, share a fascination with revelation, transcendent experiences, and unified, loving forces of the universe. In The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman, there is a moment of awakening when Moojie looks out at the night sky and The stars seemed to be talking, beaming out a bright message to him. (p. 56). While Wordsworth and I may differ in our names for the consciousness that speaks through nature, we seem to share a consensus that there is a “voice” or an “ineffable” presence with whom we can commune.
This is the best book I have read this year and not only that, when I finished reading I knew that I would have to read it again – it left such a special impression on me.
The author, Robin Gregory, is a master craftswoman of words, it was delightful to savor each word and also very much entertaining as the text is permeated with good healthy humor and very very strong characters – in my view one of the strongest points when assessing a novel!
The story itself is about a very special boy, Moojie Littleman, he is an orphan and he as some strange powers but also problems – for instance his body doesn’t work as it should. Moojie wants to fit in with the rest of humanity but finds it extremely hard as his disability puts people off. But he soon will find that he is not alone and will learn some very important lessons, for he comes across some very special friends – otherworldly beings who will help shape his path for good or for evil. As the story unfolds we read of Moojie’s successes and failures; We can see how Moojie deals with his strong and weak points: his power to heal; his disability and the frustration caused by it; other fellow humans; his strange friends from another plane of existence – are they good or are they evil? Can he fit in within their group?; his search for love and a family – not matter if it is human or not – a family to love and where he feels he is an integral and important part of it, and most importantly, where is loved back.
(Our thanks to the author Robin Gregory for the copy provided)
It has been a few weeks since we got back from Europe. Spain was sensational … Christmas lights everywhere, joyful, friendly people, great food, accommodations and weather.
We also visited Biarritz, France. The night lights were phenomenal (even at 38 degrees f.).
While there, I introduced The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman to a number of booksellers. They seemed genuinely interested in Spanish & French translations, which I’m working with a foreign literary agent to get published. (Note: thank you, dear Spaniards, for being kind and gracious about my rickety Spanish.)
I am thrilled to announce that Moojie has just received 2 more awards!
2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards:
Winner of Visionary Fiction & Best New Fiction
I’ve been working with John Crye (producer), Quinn Sosna-Spear (screenwriter), and Voyage Media on the film adaptation of Moojie Littleman. The project is making great progress. After a number of meetings, I’m confident that we are united on the vision, and that the film is going to be wonderful … wonderful!! Next week, we meet to review the first draft of the screenplay. When that is revised and polished, Voyage Media will hire a director. Cast and crew will be considered and investors approached. If all goes swimmingly, we might have a film in about 2 years. Sheesh.
Having just finished a rough outline for my next novel, I can safely say I’m working on a sequel to Moojie Littleman. It may change to a degree, but here is the crux of the story:
At 18 years old, Moojie is living with Auntie Tilda Pettibone and his father, Henry Littleman, at St. Isidore’s Fainting Goat Dairy. Moojie’s reputation for healing has grown, and folks come from all parts to seek his help. He finally has the family he always wanted. But his heart aches for Babylonia, the alien girl who fled the Earth with the Light-Eaters four years before. Determined to find her, he must gain entrance to her world through an underground portal guarded by a capricious Hopi priestess, and face the nefarious sorcerer, Sarru’kan, once again. Dogged by his meddlesome aunt and controlling father, Moojie now struggles to break free of the confines of the family he fought so hard to keep. It’s 1910, and the universe is about to get a lot bigger.
Since Moojie Littleman was released just over a year ago, it has been:
An Amazon bestseller
Winner of 21 national and international awards (Awards)
Signed for Chinese & Turkish translations
In development for the big screen
If you want to share a touching story with someone you care about … If you want to encourage someone who’s going through a rough time … If you like really good writing that tells a rich, satisfying story about a disabled boy healer, who learns master his power through friendship with an outcast, alien clan, this is for you.
Oh, and don’t forget, there are miracles and really cool fainting goats and magical watermelons.
Give someone a great gift … love, faith, courage, laughter!
For Young Adults and Adult Adults, too
**Available at bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and public libraries**
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Elliott Bay Books, Seattle; Griffin Bay Books, San Juan Island
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.