Released Date: March 2015.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia.
Source:From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Nightbird is a tale of a lonely girl named Twig, who keeps herself away from people, from making friends, because her family is hiding a huge secret in the attic – a secret involving Twig’s older brother.
Twig is desperate for a friend, but she loves her brother and wouldn’t want anything to happen to him, especially when the town is bent on hunting a thieving monster.
But when a new family moves in next door – a family related to the witch who put a spell on the men in Twig’s family – Twig is drawn to the two daughters, especially the one who is her age. Keeping her neighbours at bay becomes increasingly difficult, and Twig’s resolve starts weakening. But maybe the girls next door are just the people Twig needs if her brother is ever to be truly free.
Nightbird was a magical tale, but not as magical as I imagined. It did have a realistic quality to it that made it feel as if the magic contained in this book could really exist in our world. Twig was easy to love, and so was her brother. I really felt for him and would really love a story from his point of view.
Nightbird was a tale about a sister’s love for her brother and wanting to see him free. About a lonely girl getting her first friend. About magic and possibilities. About longing and wishing and breaking curses.
It was short and sweet and wrapped up nicely at the end. It was an enjoyable read, and if I was twelve I would have loved this and would highly recommend it to this age group.
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