Bright Shining Moment

Bright Shining Moment


By Deb Loughead


In everyone’s life there are bright and shining moments.  

It is 1942, and Aline is twelve years old. Aline loves her family, but she is also ashamed of them. She hides her face when her father drives her to school in his horse-drawn wagon instead of a motorcar. She won’t tell the girls in her class that her mother raises chickens in their yard, or that they’ve taken in borders to make money. Angry that her mother can’t spare ten cents for a charity drive at school, Aline steals from her purse. As she seeks to make amends, she comes to reevaluate everything she held to be true, including her relationship with her sworn enemy, Jeanine, whose situation, she learns, is much worse than her own. Aline comes to understand that it’s not material wealth that brings happiness, but life’s bright and shining moments, which can happen under any circumstances. And that what makes those moments glow even brighter are the difficult moments that we all must face along the way. 

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About the Author

Deb Loughead is the author of more than 40 books for children and young adults, ranging from poetry and plays to picture books and novels, many of them in translation. This time she has drawn on her mother's childhood tales to weave a warm and engaging novel. Deb has conducted writing workshops and held readings for children and adults at schools, festivals, and conferences across the country. She lives with her husband Dan in Toronto. Her three adult sons have long flown the coop.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 25, 2018

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 178 Pages

  • Children's Fiction

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-7

  • Lexile: 830L Guided Reading: V

  • ISBN: 9781772600681


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Characters
    > Family & Friendship

  • History & Social Studies
    > Post-Confederation Canada
    > Homelessness & Poverty

Praise For Bright Shining Moment

"Deb Loughead, author of over forty children's and young adults' books, is an expert at showing rather than telling. Aline's first-person, present-tense account makes the reader feel like her friend sharing her concerns. Bright Shining Moment is both a character-driven novel and a glimpse into some social history." - CM Magazine, Highly Recommended

“…Bright Shining Moment is subtle, never moralizing, always recognizing that people's stories are far greater than outward appearances may suggest. There is an appreciation for those who struggle and understanding for those who put on façades while still recognizing that there are those who are more fortunate and still charitable.” - CanLit for LittleCanadians