A Nearer Moon

A Nearer Moon

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In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl's bravery could mean the difference between life and death in this magical story of "perseverance and hope" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review) from the author of Parched and Audacity .

Along a lively river, in a village raised on stilts, lives a girl named Luna. All her life she has heard tales of the time before the dam appeared, when sprites danced in the currents and no one got the mysterious wasting illness from a mouthful of river water. These are just stories, though--no sensible person would believe in such things.

Beneath the waves is someone who might disagree. Perdita is a young water sprite, delighting in the wet splash and sparkle, and sad about the day her people will finally finish building their door to another world, in search of a place that humans have not yet discovered.

But when Luna's little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic...
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016.
ISBN: 9781481441483
9781481441490
Branch Call Number: J FIC Crowd
Characteristics: 150 pages ; 19 cm

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Sep 23, 2016

Luna lives in a swamp with her little sister Willow. But their home wasn’t always a swamp – back in Granny Tu’s time it was a flowing river, that was full of sprites, fairies and magic – Everyone in the village was happy then too. But, the fairies are now gone and the magic has turned dark plus, a sickness lurks in the swamp water...Or so the legend says but Luna doesn’t any of it...She likes to believe what she can see and touch and hear. Then, her sister Willow falls into the swamp and catches the river sickness, and everything falls apart...Willow’s time is running out so Luna embarks on a journey to save her sister’s life, but it means venturing to places she has been told to never go, straight into the heart of dark magic. This book is told in alternating chapters of past and present and weaves a marvelous tale of determination, adventure and love.

JCLChrisK Aug 10, 2016

A lyrical, atmospheric, and subtly enchanting fairy tale that weaves together two stories of two sets of sisters facing separation and grief. Both protagonists are brave adventurers who fight against constraints and who would be devastated by the loss of their sisters. One is a human and one is a fairy. One story is about despair and one is about desperation. And they are the same story. Even water is susceptible to sickness, and, when magic is involved, even skeptics can be cursed.

FindingJane May 17, 2016

The love between siblings can be powerful and it’s a wonderful book that celebrates that fraternal bond. In this short book, that same love is the driving force, one capable of saving lives and wrecking worlds. The loves between two pairs of sisters bubbles up in every chapter. At times, it’s almost painful to read and you feel the pain of Perdita and Luna as they both burn for the anguish of being torn from their sisters.

Women need books like this, if only to reinforce the fierce bonds that exist for women with other women. It’s not just Luna who suffers when her sister falls ill; her mother and grandmother are each hurting in their own ways. The author makes it clear how one little girl’s illness has repercussions that ripple far beyond her frail and failing body, much like stones in a pond will make splashes that reach far to the shore.

It’s lovely to read books like this, books that remind us of how romances may come and go but family is truly forever.

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