Hurrah! It looks like The Giver will be done in the spirit of the book with the color drained from the early parts of the film:
West of the Moon by Margi Preus
Astri lives with her stepmother, stepsisters and younger sister until she is sold to the cruel goat farmer. He takes her to his home, refuses to ever let her bathe, has her do drudge work, and doesn’t let her ever return to see her sister. Then Astri discovers another girl kept locked in a storage shed, who spins wool into yarn all day long. Astri escapes the goat farmer, taking his book of spells and his troll treasure. She heads off with the other girl to find her younger sister and then all three flee, heading to find their father in America. But it is a long trip to get to the sea and an even longer trip from Norway to America. Along the way, the goatman continues to pursue them, they meet both friendly faces and cruel, and the story dances along the well-traveled roads of folk tales. Astri slowly pieces together her own story and then resolutely builds herself a new one with her sister by her side.
An incredible weaving of the gold of folktales with the wool of everyday life, this book is completely riveting. Preus has created a story where there are complicated villains, where dreams are folktales and folktales build dreams, where girls have power and courage, and where both evil and kindness come in many forms. It is a book that is worth lingering over, a place worth staying in from awhile, and a book that you never want to end.
Astri is a superb character. Armed with no education but plenty of guts and decisiveness, she fights back against those who would keep her down and separate her from her sister. As the story progresses and she escapes, she becomes all the more daring and free spirited. Her transformation is both breathtaking and honest. One roots for Astri throughout the story, fights alongside her and like Astri wills things to happen.
A wondrously successful and magical story that is interwoven with folktales, this book is a delight. Appropriate for ages 9-12.
Reviewed from ARC received from Amulet Books.
It’s National Library Week this week and ALA has released their annual list of the most challenged books of last year. As always, the list is filled with books for children and teens, though And Tango Makes Three is not on the list this year!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky