Once, in a Town Called Moth

Once in a Town Called Moth A gun in a lake A Missing mother Ana is on the run But from who Ana is not your typical teenager She grew up in a tiny Mennonite colony in Bolivia and her mother fled the colony when Ana was a young

  • Title: Once, in a Town Called Moth
  • Author: Trilby Kent
  • ISBN: 9781101918111
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A gun in a lake A Missing mother Ana is on the run But from who Ana is not your typical teenager She grew up in a tiny Mennonite colony in Bolivia, and her mother fled the colony when Ana was a young girl Now Ana and her father have also fled, and Ana doesn t know why She only knows that something was amiss in their tight knit community Arriving in Toronto, Ana hasA gun in a lake A Missing mother Ana is on the run But from who Ana is not your typical teenager She grew up in a tiny Mennonite colony in Bolivia, and her mother fled the colony when Ana was a young girl Now Ana and her father have also fled, and Ana doesn t know why She only knows that something was amiss in their tight knit community Arriving in Toronto, Ana has to fend for herself in this alien environment, completely isolated in a big city with no help and no idea where to even begin But begin she does she makes a friend, then two She goes to school and tries to understand the myriad unspoken codes and rules She is befriended by a teacher She goes to the library, the mall, parties And all the while, she searches for the mother who left so long ago, and tries to understand her father also a stranger in a strange land, with secrets of his own.

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    • Trilby Kent

      Trilby grew up in cities in Canada, the United States and England After studying History at Oxford University and Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, training as a maps specialist at a London auction house and pursuing journalistic work from Belgium to the Philippines, she began writing fiction for adults and young adults This led to an AHRC studentship to complete a PhD in Creative Writing, which produced her second adult novel Her second book for children, STONES FOR MY FATHER, won the TD Canadian Children s Literature Award and the Africana Book Award in 2012 and has since been included on CBC Writes 100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian Her third novel for young readers, ONCE, IN A TOWN CALLED MOTH will be published in September 2016.Trilby now lives in Toronto, where she continues to write fiction, review books for the Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire, teach creative writing at the University of Toronto and Humber College, and freelance as a writer and editor.

    919 thoughts on “Once, in a Town Called Moth

    • This review and more can be found at A Reader's Diary!Anneli and her father flee to Canada from a tiny community in Bolivia. Anneli becomes Ana and starts her new life, one without her mother. Lena went awol 10 years before, leaving Ana and Miloh to fend for themselves, leaving Miloh with a crime he needed to outrun.Leaving Colony Felicidad was hard for Ana. Canada made her feel like an outcast. Toronto was not as pretty as everyone made it out to be. She didn't have a phone, computer, car, or f [...]



    • This is obviously a well researched book on the Mennonite communities in Canada and Bolivia, and that part of the book is quite interesting, and Ana's memories of the colony, told in the first person, are interesting. The part when she is in Toronto, after her father makes her leave with him, as a teenager is told in the third person, and is good as well, as we see her getting used to living in a city, but I felt as though she assimilated to quickly, got up to speed quite fast, and it is a bit j [...]


    • 2.5 starsI received a copy of this book for free through a giveaway but that in no way influences my review. This book originally piqued my interest and I read about 70 pages in one sitting before I started getting bored. Ana was an okay character but personally I liked Suvi the best. To be honest, this book was really neither here nor there for me. It wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. Definitely an interesting perspective, though. The author clearly did her research and wrote about [...]


    • Okay, where to start with this book. First off, I read this during DiverseAThon not intending to use it for the readathon but it fit in quite nicely. I worry that I connected with this story just because I grew up in a heavily Mennonite populated area and just didn't know the extent of their culture until now. It was eye-opening to see how far the communities stem and the different issues they each face. That being said, this was clearly a very well researched book not only about the Mennonite c [...]


    • Short, but well written. Overall, it was a compelling read and I enjoyed the characters and the plot. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a few things missing to make this book spectacular. It needed a little bit more umph; something to grab the reader’s attention and keep them invested. *received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.


    • The book started off good – was looking forward to a good story but dwindled down to super boring for me. Just the typical bad decisions by good people screwing up all their lives and pretty much ending where they all began!


    • Once in a Town Called Moth is the kind of book you give a teenager if you want to introduce them to Canadian literature. The premise is interesting enough: a young teenage girl and her father leave their small Mennonite community in Bolivia and settle in Toronto. Why they left is a major thread of the story.The main character, Ana, is fourteen and just starting high school. After growing up in a reserved and small community, the city - and high school - is a bizarre world she's never before enco [...]


    • You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Once in a Town Called Moth grabbed my attention right away with a Mennonite colony in Bolivia, which is one of the main reasons I was super excited to read it. Thing is, there isn't a ton of the Mennonite stuff involved. It's told through flashbacks, which are still quite interesting, although removed from the situation they become less intense. But I still enjoyed that aspect of the boo [...]


    • This is a little story about Anneli who has lived in a Mennonite colony in Bolivia all her fourteen years until her father suddenly packs them up and returns to Canada. They change their names and take up residence in Toronto, where her father believes her mother, who ran away from the colony ten years earlier might be living. Why they have fled Bolivia is the central theme of the story.Personally I found it disappointing the lack of information or research that Trilby Kent did in showing us the [...]


    • My Rating: 3.5 starsWhen I first started reading this I instantly connected it to The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros because of the main character's personality and her observations of the people around her. Also there was a part about shoes and identity which were major motifs in The House On Mango Street. It was a little difficult to pay attention to some minor parts of the story while reading, but it was beautifully written. Basically this book follows a Bolivian/ Canadian 14 year o [...]


    • I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review.Ana is suddenly uprooted from her home in Bolivia with her father to help him find her mother in the bustling city of Toronto. Her mother ran away from home ten years ago, and it's hard not to wonder if she even wanted to be found. Ana has lived her whole life in a small, cult-like community of Mennonites in the farmland of Bolivia, and is thrust into city life without much grace.This is ultimately the story of a girl trying [...]


    • This book was okay. I wouldn't read it again and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they were looking for teen stories featuring former mennonites. The plot moves very slowly, the climax is somewhat anticlimatic, and the ending was only slightly satisfying. The premise was promising, but the delivery left me disappointed.



    • This is definitely a character-driven story, and it is quite well done at that. The story is told from Ana's perspective, in third perspective when she is in Toronto and in first perspective when she is describing her past in the Mennonite colony. I really liked that the author made that differentiation, as I've never seen an author do that before and it added a unique touch to the story. I really liked Ana's character and the author did a really great job in expressing the emotions she was goin [...]


    • Meh. It was readable. As someone from near Aylmer, (a town mentioned briefly in the book) I was a bit annoyed that no one seemed to fact-check that you can't take any public transport to or from town. I thought it was an interesting perspective, but I wish some of the more troubling details had been better explored. Ana comments on the fact that in her home community, she would be expected to be a good housewife, and not complete school or get a different job, but she never seems to see that as [...]


    • I never really felt like this book picked up speed. It was interesting to find out how the characters got there, but I felt like I never really got a meaningful enough explanation to justify the growth that supposedly occured over the course of the book. Interesting to see an insider's view of a closed religious community, but she never seemed to personally struggle with being thrust into the outside world as I hoped to see. There were glimpses and moments, but overall an anticlimactic book that [...]


    • I was curious about the transition between a closed, rural, religious community and the intensity of the secular, urban city but I found it fell a little flat. For francophone readers, a much better read would be Hare Krishna by François Gilbert. It actually merited the award it won.



    • A quiet book, but a beautifully written, thought-provoking one. Very much a Canadian YA novel, one I could see being really popular in high school libraries. I really enjoyed this!


    • This was such an interesting premise for a book, but honestly? The writing did not work for me at all. It couldn’t keep my interest, and I kept setting the book aside to read something else. I felt no emotional connection with Ana, even though she should have been a sympathetic character.The closest comparison I can make as far as writing style is concerned is to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, which is extremely popular but which I also felt disconnected from. So this might be partly a perso [...]


    • When Anneli moves from her Mennonite community in Bolivia to Toronto she struggles to find herself. Still committed to her old life, she tries to fit in to a new city, new school and different values. Finding her mother was the reason her father gave for leaving, but she soon finds more secrets behind the truth. The story was engaging enough to want to find out what happens to Anneli in the end.


    • Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for participating in a book club discussion. A review was not requested, however I am providing one as a complimentary copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.This was such a strange, wonderful little book.It follows Anneli, or Ana now, and her father after they abruptly move to Canada from their small Mennonite community in Bolivia. I don't have much experience with stories on religious sects [...]


    • 3.5/5- I received a free copy of this book via the giveaway "Once, in a Town Called Moth" is a coming of age story of a fourteen year old girl, Ana, who was raised in a Bolivian Mennonite colony and who has recently been relocated to Toronto. Along with her father, Ana has moved to Toronto to find her mother, Lena, who fled their colony 10 years prior. Upon relocating to Toronto, Ana is enrolled in a local high school. For me, this was the best part of the book, as the author manages to perfect [...]


    • First I would like to state that I have received this book through the giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. I have not read any of the author’s books before. I will be checking out this author's early writings. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors wri [...]


    • I won a copy of Once, in a Town Called Moth from a Giveaway.This was a quick read and like most YA books focuses on the main character, a 14 year old girl named Ana who has escaped a structured and religious community in Bolivia with her father to Canada to look for her mother who deserted them ten years ago. Ana also has to adapt to a new culture, the angst of forging a new life for herself and realize the world is bigger and better than the small, sheltered community she left.I liked Ana beca [...]


    • I received an ARC of Trilby Kent's novel "Once, in a Town Called Moth", compliments of Penguin Random House Canada and appreciated the opportunity.This fictional novel shares the story of Ana, who was raised in a small Mennonite community in Boliva. At age 14, her father abruptly moves her to Toronto, Canada in search of her mother who had fled the colony when Ana was a young girl. She endures culture shock and soon recognizes that the life she had in Bolivia differs vastly from that of her new [...]


    • (3.5 stars)I recieved an ARC of this book from a giveaway.For the first half of Once, in a Town Called Moth, I was utterly bored and waiting for the plot to kick in, but now I can appreciate how it was just (very) slow-building. I can easily say that I really liked the second half, and I liked how things connected.I really liked the main characters and how insanely real and relatable they were. Although I was confused with the names of some side/minor characters, it didn't really distract me fro [...]


    • I can't put my finger on why I found this story so compelling. It's quiet, and even though big things happen the tone remains quiet, as though you are watching from afar. But the far away perspective doesn't make it boring - it's all crystal clear, and sometimes flits quickly from one scene to the next as though you are watching snippets of film, or catching quick soundbites of dialogue. Occasionally when something extraordinary is happening in life I have that weird out-of-body feeling, as thou [...]


    • I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This book is about Ana. She has just fled with her father from a Mennonite colony into a big city. Only thing is, Ana doesn't know why they ran. As she begins to adjust to her new life, she starts to find things out about herself and her family. It was interesting to read Ana's story, watch her slowly unfold into her new surroundings. She wants to fit in, but isn't willing to compromise who she is to do t [...]


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