Author: Alice Hoffman
Published: March 10, 2014 Random House Kids
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Synopsis: “I love the way Alice Hoffman creates the most ordinary people and then turns their lives magical. . . . [Nightbird] is like reentering a wonderful dream that you vaguely remember.” —Lois Lowry, two-time Newbery Medal–winning author of The Giver
In her first novel for middle-grade readers , bestselling author Alice Hoffman tells a bewitching story of love and friendship that is truly magical.
Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig’s family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change when the red moon rises. It’s time to break the spell.
What Other Authors Are Saying
"I loved Nightbird. Such a clever mix of fantasy and reality; the fantasy is so persuasively meshed with the story that the reader accepts everything. Alice Hoffman enters brilliantly into the twelve-year-old mind and winds her account of a disordered family into the twists and turns of an elegantly crafted narrative in which past and present unite to solve a magically intriguing problem of witches, feathers and owls." —Penelope Lively, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Booker Prize
*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***
I don't really read a lot of Middle Grade. It has to be something extremely interesting to catch my eye and take notice. When I saw Nightbird it seemed to be the perfect MG for me. Nightbird was quick and impactful Middle Grade novel with an interesting world, beautiful prose, and heartwarming themes. Despite a rather basic plot development I really enjoyed it.
One thing that surprised me about this book was that I enjoyed the world. Mark this on you calendars as the day I said I enjoyed Magical Realism. I usually hate it, but the author did a fantastic job of creating a fantasy world was interesting and atmospheric and still felt perfectly natural. Perhaps that was because it was the kind of book with a history and mythology. The basis for the fantasy in the book was sort of like an urban legend. It is a world of curses and monsters all of which began hundreds of years ago and has become so entrenched in the history of the town that no one really remembers what is real and what is imaginary, well almost no one. There is a lot of dramatic irony to the story. The main characters know a secret that other people do not know or only assume. It added a different dimension to the story and made it a little more enjoyable low fantasy read to me.
But on the whole Nightbird was a interesting and enjoyable read with a great setting and gorgeous writing that fans of all ages will enjoy. It kind of makes me want to try more of Alice Hoffman's work, maybe some of her adult stuff that is a little more complex.
I give Nightbird by Alice Hoffman an 8 out of 10
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