Joyous and Moonbeam

Richard Yaxley

Joyous and Moonbeam
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Joyous and Moonbeam

Richard Yaxley

Two of the most unlikely people meet in the most unlikely place. Joyous calls her Moonbeam. When you’re fifteen life can make you angry; and families can get seriously messed up. But Joyous has the knack of working things around a little. He is about to teach Moonbeam what family is really all about and it will transform her in every possible way.


Joyous & Moonbeam explores the unlikely friendship between Joyous, an intellectually disabled 33-year-old, and Moonbeam, a troubled teenage girl. Despite being bullied, both at school and at home, Joyous has a wonderfully positive outlook on life, which, in his words, is ‘all joyous, even the bad bits’. In sharp contrast, Moonbeam’s worldview is deeply pessimistic, borne out of the disintegration of her parents’ relationship.

Strangely enough, each is exactly what the other needs. Moonbeam awakens Joyous to the true meaning of friendship and independence, and he, in turn, teaches her to look at the world through new eyes to see that life is worth living.

Award-winning author Richard Yaxley tells this heartwarming story through the voices of three very different characters, each with their own distinctive perspective and style. The unconventional language and made-up words of Joyous in particular demands an adaptable reader, but therein lies the reward. A compelling read for adults and young adults, ages 14 and up.

Athina Clarke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Malvern.

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