Book Reviews

Nightbird- Alice Hoffman




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.

My Review:

“I just stored up my hurts, as if they were a tower made of fallen stars, invisible to most people, but brightly burning inside of me.”  –Twig

I’ve only read one other novel by Alice Hoffman- The Ice Queen- but I really enjoyed it, and I loved Nightbird. Twelve-year-old Teresa, who goes by Twig, just wants to fit in but her magical, cursed family doesn’t allow it. In fact, she’s expected to live as a hermit, like her mother and brother do. The only time she interacts with people is when she attends school and  makes trips into town. But when the Halls move in next door, Twig can’t help but befriend Julia, and this friendship turns her world upside down. Julia and Twig spend the summer trying to break the spell that’s been cast over both of their families.

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