Chasing the Moon


During the U.S. Prohibition of the 1920s, an illegal, one-way trade arose—in alcohol. Canadian brews flowed south, and American dollars flowed north, creating fortunes that can still be seen in Canadian society today. Central to this trade were the rum-runners, their loaded boats speeding through dark waters, dodging pirates and the U.S. Coast Guard to bring their illegal cargo to thirsty Americans. In Chasing the Moon, Penny Chamberlain drops young, courageous Kit feet-first into this dangerous world. With her mother in a tuberculosis sanatorium, Kit must spend the summer with her estranged father, whose mysterious nighttime activities and free-spending habits arouse her suspicions. Then a strange carnival boy enters the picture. He has an eerie way with a tarot deck that shakes Kit to the core. Still, something about him engages Kit, and, together, they embark on a headlong journey that will carry them from the dark waters south of Victoria to the “blind pigs” of Seattle. On the way, Kit will discover depths of insight she did not know she possessed, and will win for herself one of her dearest wishes.


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Kit hasn’t seen her father in years. She’s dismayed to see how far he’s let the farm slip since she and her mother left. The only improvements are a new car and a sleek boat with a dock to match, down in the bay. Dad says it’s for “night fishing.”

Kit wants to believe him, but there’s not a shred of evidence—not one fish scale, not even the smell of fish. There’s something fishy going on, though. Plenty of money. A brand-new lock on a rickety barn door. Dad making secret arrangements in the dark of night.

Then along comes a mysterious stranger, bringing help in one hand and intrigue in the other. Kit needs the one, and she’s not scared of the other. Before the summer ends, she will discover depths of insight and courage she did not know she possessed, and she will win one of her dearest wishes.

This exciting novel by the author of The Olden Days Locket is set in the turbulent twenties, when rum-runners plied their dangerous trade through the moonlit waters off southern British Columbia.

ISBN 978-1550391572   252 pages  5.25″ x 7.75″

Awards and Nominations:
Chocolate Lily Award
Our Choice Award
Red Cedar Book Award