FLOWER MOON, by Gina Linko, Skyhorse Publishing, Sky Pony Press, Children’s Fiction


Tally Jo and Tempest Trimble are mirror twins, so alike they were almost born the same person. Inseparable, but more than that. Connected.

That is, until this summer. The twins are traveling with Pa Charlie’s carnival just like always, but there’s a new distance between them. Tempest is so caught up in her own ideas, she doesn’t seem to have space left in her life for Tally. And, more than that, Tally’s started to notice there’s something between them. Something real, growing with the phases of the moon, pushing them apart. Sparking, sputtering, wild. Dangerous.

With the full moon approaching, Tally knows it’s up to her to find out what’s going on—and to beat it. If she can’t, she might just lose her sister. Forever.

For fans of Savvy and A Snicker of Magic, this is a spellbinding story of friendship and family—a poignant ode to both what’s worth holding on to and what we have to let go.

Marketing Plan
Middle grade hot topics: Flower Moon packs in a wide array of subjects that endlessly fascinate middle schoolers: twins, carnivals, and the south.

Magic realism: Magic realism like A Snicker of MagicDoll Bones and now Flower Moon is all the rage in middle=grade right now—both in the commercial and award markets.

STEM tie-in: The magic in Flower Moon has scientific roots, and the experiments the characters perform can all be replicated, giving teachers the option of tying this into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curricula.

State award list potential: Flower Moon’s southern setting and beautiful, literary writing make it a great choice for state awards that strongly drive sales, like the Sunshine State Award and the Texas Blue Bonnet.

Early buzz: From invitations to submit to BEA’s Middle Grade Buzz Panel to quick foreign rights interest, readers have taken an immediate interest in reading and sharing this book. We’re in a good position to make it a hit in publicity and foreign markets.


Available Editions

EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781510722743
PRICE $15.99 (USD)


I wish to thank Netgalley and Skyhorse Publishing for this ARC that was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

I couldn’t put this story down. The author’s voice held me from beginning to end. I experienced a full arsenal of emotions while reading this story and even found myself crying and laughing at the same time.

The bond between these two sisters is shown to be deep and profound. Gina Linko is a credit to her profession! She demonstrates an ease of writing in this middle-grade story, Flower Moon, taking the reader through the various stages of story development with a mastery of words not often seen. I loved every minute of it. All the characters were lovely and well-written. I fell in love with Tally Jo and the constant inner struggles she faced. She was just… so human! With the way the author told Tally and Tempest’s story, their sisterly bond and the fear of losing each other, you couldn’t help but be drawn into their plight.

The pace of the story kept you wondering as the characters moved forward toward “the day.” Plot was masterfully written, clearly defined and filled with smaller plot twists and turns to keep you guessing. Ease of reading was smooth, transitioning from one critical element of the story to the next. I enjoyed the originality of the premise.

I absolutely loved the way Linko used just a tad of magic mixed with science to leave the reader wondering about what it was that has kept generations of twins in this story apart. I can’t say enough things about this book. It’s a real treasure, one everyone should read. Great work! When I finished reading this story, I sat back and said, “Wow!” And then, I wanted more.

I give this book:


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