Welcome to our Anniversary Blog by resident blogger Jake Hope. Jake will be reading and reviewing all of the past CILIP Carnegie Medal winning books during the anniversary year. We are also asking shadowers to "Adopt a Book" and join in reading and discussing the anniversary titles in their shadowing groups.
"it was a long time before Dinah and Dorina fell asleep, for when they pulled up the blind, the moon looked through the window and to both of them it seemed as if there was laughter on its face. So instead of being sorry for what they had done, they also began to laugh."
Freedom is explored from the outset in The Wind on the Moon as a branch of an apple-tree strikes the window where Major Palfrey, father to sisters Dinah and Dorina, is packing ready to leave for war. It is a concept that runs through the whole of the novel and one too that must have felt particularly pertinent during the Second World War when many of the liberties of everyday life were constrained.
This careful counterpoint between inside and outside, between safety and the unknown pulses through the novel, feeding many of the episodes that make up the plot and playfulness of the narrative.
Prior to their father’s departure, Dinah and Dorinda resolve to helphim with packing and to ensure he is serenaded with a concert from the apple tree. Despite their good intentions, however, this begins a volley of fun and frolics that must often have seemed in short supply during the War Years.
The relationship Dinah and Dorinda share is close making their well-meant mishaps, the magic they encounter and the attempts to discover and resolve what has happened to their father hold all the more appeal. With shades of P. L. Travers, L Frank Baum and Hugh Lofting, the book offers a rich and often unexpected journey leaving readers to ponder why this has not enjoyed wider readership over a longer period.