13-year-old Clare is uprooted from her home in Massachusetts to accompany her father to a village in Malawi where he will work as a doctor. As they arrive in Africa, Clare and her father are both still grieving the loss of Clare's mother, though Clare feels strongly that her dad isn't mourning as intensely as she is.
What would it be like to leave behind the comforts of home and live in a place with limited water, electricity, and food? Clare is surprised to find her new school in Malawi has no paper, no pencils, and no first grade teacher. (Who better to teach the first graders English than Clare?) But she does find good friends, and a little adventure.
If you're in the mood for a quiet story about love, loss, and friendship in a rich African setting, try Laugh with the Moon.
Rating: 3 out of 5