Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.

This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

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  • Kathy
    Oct 1, 2016


    Creech is a blue ribbon baker turning out her biscuits on the morning of Fair. Her simple ingredients, light touch and skill make these characters, and their story, rise off the page and right into our hearts. Nothing but love for this cow, these kids, this community, and this lovely s...

  • Dawn Rutherford
    Sep 30, 2016

    Dawn Rutherford

    Makes me want to move to Maine! ...

  • Ruth Ann
    Sep 30, 2016

    Ruth Ann

    "Well, then: manure plops and pickers and scooping. It was natural, right?"This from a city girl, relocated to Maine, responsible for showing a cow at a local fair after learning how to care for farm animals. Creech brings us right into the field with slobbering, stubborn Zora amidst t...

  • Sue
    Sep 29, 2016


    I LOVED this book! but then it's because I can relate to everything the kids had to do with Zora the cow.. the cow's 'personality' showing her at the fair.. life in the country.. such a good family story by one of my favorite writers.. ...

  • Laura
    Sep 28, 2016


    When city kids Luke and Reena move to Maine, they are introduced to a new life and new neighbors. Roped into caring for cranky Mrs. Falala's animals, Reena learns to care for and show Zora the cow. Reena learns about a new way of life and develops a love and patience for farm animals. ...

  • Kristen Williams
    Sep 28, 2016

    Kristen Williams

    Having read Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, how could I not read Sharon Creech's latest novel in verse? Moo tells the simple and sweet story of Reena and her brother Luke. They have just moved to Maine when their parents set them up to help an elderly neighbor Mrs. Falala. Mrs. Falala...

  • April
    Sep 23, 2016


    I loved this book. I found it very well written and a joy to read. At first I wasn't sure where the book was taking me with the story, but the more I read about Reena and her journey with Zora the cow the more I was hooked. If you're looking for a light read, this book is a must read. ...

  • Sara Grochowski
    Sep 10, 2016

    Sara Grochowski

    In elementary school Sharon Creech was one of my favorite authors and, to put it simply, she's still got it. MOO is a sweet story about a young girl whose family leaves the big city, relocating to Maine. Before she's even had a chance to settle in, Reena's parents have promised their g...

  • Rebecca
    Sep 10, 2016


    I so very admire how Sharon Creech manages to pull off writing children's stories in such a customized, unconventional format of verse. Moo is similar to Love That Dog in that textual formatting. Instead of chapters, Moo is organized into dozens of poetic narratives centering on twelve...

  • Beth
    Sep 8, 2016


    What a great book and easy to read! I really think the kids in my small, Indiana town are going to love it. Any kid that has lived in the country or been a part of 4H will think this book is a hoot. It's sweet and touching too. And let me just add, that the cow's face on the cover is h...