I've never come across moths featured in a story before (and I wasn't enthusiastic at first, since I'm not too fond of moths), but I liked the humour in this story. I also liked Margaret’s ability to listen to the “very smallest of sounds” in nature. Although the storyline of an orphan meeting up with an evil matron at an orphanage is not new, Margaret’s personality and the unique element of the moths kept me reading. The story had a magical feel to it that I think will appeal to younger middle grade readers.The voice in this novel draws you in. As a writer, I studied the way the authors included specific details to add humor and personality, such as Miss Switch admiring her “own glittery reflection” or a girl smiling at Margaret with “the type of smile a hyena might give a tasty mutton chop”. Although writers are often warned to use adjectives and adverbs sparingly, here they are used effectively to create a specific writing style.
Favourite quotes:“Any place you can go to escape from the pinches and punishments of the world is called a sanctuary, and this is just what Margaret had found in the moth tree.”
“…there are some talents that can never really be lost. They are only hiding, like a sleeping turtle in its shell, waiting to be coaxed out and used again.”
Other Info:Brit Trogen and Kari Trogen are sisters.
Kari lives in Toronto and has been writing stories since she was in elementary school. Brit lives in New York and studied biology before she became a writer.According to the publisher’s website, the two sisters came up with the story on a trip through New Brunswick, Canada. This is their first novel.
This book is nominated for the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading in the Silver Birch Express (Fiction) category for 2013.
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