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Because of the Moon - by C.J. Cutayne
is for dogs,” spouts Jay; an out of control thirteen year old. Aspiring to be
the city’s most prolific graffiti artist, thirteen year old Jay Roberts is
caught in a shakedown of a chop shop in his favorite alley. Without a father or
family around, Jay has no sense of who he is or where he belongs. His mom never
speaks of the past and is too busy worrying about the future to notice Jay is
heading down a dangerous path.
no one to back up his innocence, Jay is given his choice of punishment; go to
juvenile detention or spend six months on his mother’s run down Indian
reservation where his estranged grandfather will oversee Jay’s penance.
to the village and allowed outside only for school and community service, Jay
feels claustrophobic and used. He continues his destructive behavior; shooting a
crow, breaking curfew and hitch-hiking back to the city. The social worker, fond
of surprise visits, is anxious to catch Jay in the act and send him to youth
The kids treat him as an outsider adding to his isolation and desire to return to the city as soon as his punishment is over. Forced to confront Miles, the school bully, Jay thinks up a creative way out of the situation. Will it work or make things worse?
initial resentment is slowly chipped away as Grampa reveals their rich heritage
through storytelling and totem pole carving. On a clear night, Grampa points out
Orion's belt. Having never seen more than a few stars before Jay asks, “If
Orion's belt fell down would we see a full moon?” and the two click.
With the village in the grips of economic and social despair, the chief and elders have given up all hope of keeping the village together as more and more people are forced to move. However, Jay sees something they don’t. Through artistry and ingenuity Jay devises a plan to save the village and ultimately his family but will the tribe listen to an outsider they call ‘Apple’?
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