Friday, May 22, 2015

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder

Her little sister has the wasting disease.  Can she save her?

Antheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 8th, so make a note to pick it up then.

This is a mystical, magic fantasy story that pulled me right into the middle of this world and the lives of the child and sprite that were involved.  The village is poor but it's enough for them.  Generations have grown up here and everyone was fine.  But something has changed...

All of the humanity crowding in made the sprites move to another location.  This alone wouldn't have hurt anything, but one twin was left behind.  She fell from the tree she was in and lost her locket which had magical abilities.  When she's alone and can't follow her sister, she grieves and turns into a bad thing.  She poisons the water, dams it up, and makes everything a swamp.  She doesn't care about the humans.  She doesn't even care about herself.  The black water gives everyone who gets in it the wasting disease.  She's so wicked she doesn't even want to hear a little girl laughing and slaps her with the water.  That's why the little one is dying.

Luna finds that traditional medicine won't help.  Her mother and grandmother have resigned themselves to the young one's death but Luna won't give up.  If she can't help her with a doctor, then she's going to do her best to use magic.

Ms. Crowder has created a great young female character with Luna.  She's smart, strong-willed, and loves her sister unconditionally.  She also feels great guilt that she got sick and wishes she could trade her places.  I really liked her as a character.  I also like the way the author portrayed the village.  You feel like you're living there.

The motivating factor in both the sprite's life and Luna's life was love.  Love can lift you up, bring you down, and even destroy you, but never give up on love.  Just look how this story turned out...

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