Benjamin Ludwig's whip-smart, unforgettable novel is an illuminating look at one girl's journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years.

Travels from: New Hampshire

Benjamin Ludwig

Benjamin Ludwig is the author of Ginny Moon, which was an Indie Next and Library Reads pick, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and one of’s 20 Best Books of 2017. It received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, BookPage, and Booklist. His novella, Sourdough, was the recipient of the 2013 Clay Reynolds Prize for the Novella. In 2018, Ginny Moon was shortlisted for The Great Reads Awards, as a debut YA title selected by school librarians.

A former English teacher and new-teacher mentor, he holds an MAT in English education and an MFA in creative writing. He and his family live in New Hampshire.

GINNY MOON is a brilliant debut. In asking us to identify with a developmentally delayed, autistic teenage girl and her peculiar obsession, Ben Ludwig set himself an Olympic degree of difficulty, but he succeeds with the extraordinary Ginny Moon. I was unable to put the book down as I willed her to overcome the obstacles within and around her. Ben Ludwig is a fine observer of human dynamics, and his sometimes dark sense of humor means that the emotional journey, challenging as it is, never becomes wearing. I was mightily impressed—this novel has all the elements for critical and popular success!
— Graeme Smith, author of THE ROSIE PROJECT
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Talks and Topics

  • Ginny Moon multi-media presentation

  • Ginny Moon Discussion Guide

  • Writer's Conferences

  • Book Festival Apperances

  • MFA Writers Series and Visiting Author Programs

  • Foster Care/Adoption Groups

  • English Teacher Groups, especially the National Writing Project

Ludwig’s novel recalls Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the singular way it filters domestic tensions through the hyper-alert yet skewed viewpoint of a special-needs child…. He also succeeds in locating a plangent, unpatronizing humor in Ginny’s literalness and deadpan certitude.
— New York Times Book Review

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