The Moon Over High Street

by Natalie Babbitt

Michael di Capua Books
March 2012

Ages 10 – 11 . Grades 5 – 6

Library of Congress: 2011926886

Lexile measure: 740L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: W



Joe Casimir needed help with the choice he had to make. But how do you choose the person who will help you choose? Mr. Boulderwall, the millionaire, knew exactly what he wanted Joe to choose. And millionaires are experts at making choices. Well, aren't they? But Vinnie, the number-two man down at Sope Electric, didn't much approve of millionaires. He said to Joe, "Listen, kid, all of 'em act like they're the only ones with a ticket to the show!" But he didn't have any real advice to offer. Joe's Gran didn't either, as it turned out, and neither did Aunt Myra.

The good advice was there, though. Right across the street. Just waiting right across the street. There are a lot of good things just waiting. You'll see.
Natalie Babbitt

Natalie Babbitt is the author and illustrator of sixteen books, among them Tuck Everlasting, The Search for Delicious, and Kneeknock Rise, a Newbery Honor Book. Five of her books have been named ALA Notable Children's Books.


  • “Tuck Everlasting is one of the best books ever written–for any age.”
    Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review


--- - From The Moon Over High Street

When the world you're used to, that same old world you thought you knew so well, turns itself suddenly upside down, what can you do? Everything comes tumbling off the shelves of your expectations - ! ' nothing fits anymore.

“This is Beatrice, Joe,” said Aunt Myra. “She''s just your age.”
“Hi,” said Beatrice.
As for Joe, all he could do was mumble. For Beatrice Sope was beautiful, with a round, clear face, and hair as dark and shiny as fine furniture.

“I''m talking about the best of everything for that boy! For the rest of his life, he''ll have all the money anyone could want! Why, to be rich–it''s the American dream!”

Myra switched on the engine of the car. “Time to head home,” she said. “The sky will have to do without us for the rest of tonight.” But the stars–and the moon–would still be there, Joe said to himself with satisfaction. They were always there, whether anyone looked at them or not.'

Jacketed Hardcover / Adhesive

ISBN: 9780545376365

160pp. | 5-½ x 8