Project Description


Summer on the Moon

by Adrian Fogelin

A move from an impoverished tenement to an unfinished suburban development turns thirteen-year-old Socko’s world inside out.

It’s summer vacation, and Socko and his best friend Damien are hanging around the Kludge apartments, taking care to avoid the local gang members. When Socko’s great-grandfather suddenly offers to buy a house in the suburbs, Socko’s mom jumps at the chance. Socko hates to leave Damien behind, but he and his mom pack up their few belongings and move to Moon Ridge Estates.

Nothing there is even remotely what Socko had imagined―Moon Ridge is a lonely wasteland of half-finished houses. Socko tries to make the best of a bad situation, hopping on his skateboard to explore the empty streets that are now his private domain. Constructing new lives will involve taking some risks, but in time a ragtag community begins to rally around the struggling development.

With humor and heart, Adrian Fogelin weaves a timely story of loyalty, family, community, and economic hardship.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-626-0
Publication Date: 4/1/2012
Page Count: 256
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 9 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-785-4
Publication Date: 4/1/2014
Page Count: 256
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 9 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-829-5
Age Range: 9 – 12
Language: English

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AR Level: 4.2
GRL: Z, Gr 7th & up
Lexile: 630L
Themes: Class, Family, Friendship, Moving
BISAC 1: JUV013030 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance


“A winsome tale chock-full of strong-minded people providing mutual support and well-timed nudges in good directions.” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“The third-person narration is tightly focused through Socko’s perspective, adopting a gentle colloquial voice that complements the natural dialogue. Steeped in violence (more implied than graphic) and poverty, but focused on love and hope.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A perfect summer read for boys age 10 and older.” ―The Washington Post

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“I love Summer on the Moon (Peachtree) by Adrian Fogelin.” ―Susan Marston, Editorial Director of Junior Library Guild

“Something is always happening in this story, and the stakes are high – but not at the expense of characterization, and I love that about this book. In an awesome way, Adrian Fogelin has melded the story’s action with character development, and the reader leaves the story with an understanding of and a connection to each character.” ―Barbara Watson

“Adrian Fogelin artfully weaves together a touching story of despair and poverty into one of hope while emphasizing the power of love through friendship and family. A sensitive and moving look at the effects of economic hardship across the classes of society.” ―Boys to Books

“This interesting story explores the importance of home – both the physical place and the people who inhabit it.” ―Ms. Yingling Reads

“I went into this book thinking that it was going to be about an inner-city kid who made a bad choice and had to go work for his grandfather or something. I thought Socko would be gritty and hard. I was wrong on both counts. Socko is a gentle giant who will do anything for his friends.” ―Maestra Amanda’s Bookshelf

“This is a story of friendship, family, and finding community. It doesn’t gloss over the realities of urban poverty, but doesn’t dwell on them either. Instead, there’s an underlying hope for the future.” ―Sally’s Bookshelf

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Social Justice Literature Award ―Literacy and Social Justice Special Interest Group, International Reading Association, 2013

Florida Book Awards (Silver Medal, Children’s Category) ―Florida State University Program in American and Florida Studies, 2012

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Middle School / Junior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2013

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Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Language Arts, Grades K-6 Novels) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2012

Georgia Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―University of Georgia, 2013-2014

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Meet the Author

Adrian Fogelin is the author of several novels for middle readers and young adults, including Crossing Jordan and The Real Question. She lives in Florida. You can visit her website here.