A Nearer Moon

A Nearer Moon

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Long ago the dam formed, the lively river turned into a swamp, and the wasting illness came to Luna's village, and now that her little sister is sick Luna will do anything to save her, even offer herself to the creature that lives in the swamp on the day of the nearer moon--a lonely and bitter water sprite who was left behind when her people fled through a door to another world.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781481441483
Characteristics: 150 pages 22 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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