Win a copy of The Trouble with Half a Moon! Details at the end of this post.

The noise wakes up the entire building. It’s louder than loud, like a firecracker.

Before I know what I’m doing, I’m out of bed. My parents are already in the dark living room.

None of our neighbors dare go out into the hallway. Instead, they stay behind their doors asking questions through the cracks.

“What’s going on out there?” Mr. Brown, from apartment 2C, asks. His voice sounds croaky with sleep.

“Everything okay?” That sounds like Mrs. Lawrence. She’s really old and lives by herself in 2F. I imagine her hunched over by the door with her hand on the doorknob, listening for an answer.

A woman is screaming and there’s some loud crying. It starts and stops like a car trying to jump to life.

Excerpt © 2011 Danette Vigilante

About the book:

Ever since the death of her younger brother, Dellie lives with a sad, secret guilt that the accident that killed him was all her fault. But Dellie’s life begins to change when she strikes up a friendship with Corey—a little boy who’s just moved into her housing project building.

Corey’s often left home alone and hungry. Dellie feeds him, comforts him and becomes his protector; she hopes she can do for Corey what she couldn’t do for her brother—save him. But she doesn’t count on Corey saving her.

What people are saying:

“The first-person, present-tense narration allows readers to feel Dellie’s pain and confusion…Readers cannot help but cheer for Dellie and the little boy who helps pull her family together. Rich secondary characters add depth and dimension to this fast-paced tale of bereavement, forgiveness and healing.”–Kirkus

“What will grab readers in this first novel is the realistic sense of the diverse neighborhood community, both rough and caring. With lots of fast, immediate dialogue, the characters’ grief, anger, and heartbreaking coming-to-terms are realistic.”–Booklist

“This is a book you believe in, fervently and wholeheartedly … exquisitely drawn and powerful … a variety of readers will immediately connect with this family’s struggle to heal from a devastating loss … Dellie’s strength and capacity for love leap from the page right away; she grabbed my hand and still hasn’t let go.”–Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of 8th Grade Superzero

The Trouble with Half a Moon is a touching novel that shows how healing for both ourselves and others can unfold with every small, deliberate act of kindness. It’s a lesson no child is too young to learn and practice, and in Dellie and Corey, Danette Vigilante gives them beautiful examples.”–Sofia Quintero, author of Efrain’s Secret

Released: January 6, 2011

About the author:

Danette Vigilante grew up in the Red Hook Projects in Brooklyn and now lives in Staten Island, New York. The Trouble with Half a Moon is her first novel. You can visit her at:


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