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It's a good day for flying with the ravens: pale-blue sky, wispy clouds, gentle updrafts. It's also the last ordinary day before everything changes forever. To Nettle and her cousin Bracken, the youngest witches in the coven, the world outside their hidden valley is enticing, mysterious, and forbidden; but they never imagined they would ever see it. Then suddenly the veil that protects their valley is broached and the Wellspring Water needed to repair it is polluted, forcing them to travel to a human city in search of the Door to another world. A wishing necklace, seeking stones, a wily raccoon, human Witchfriends, and long-lost loved ones help Nettle and Bracken on their quest. Will their fledgling magic be strong enough, or will encroaching human civilization spell the end of Witchkind?
Holiday House, 9780823431601, 144pp.
Publication Date: August 31, 2014
About the Author
Mary Losure is the author of two books of narrative nonfiction for children: The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World, which was a Booklist Editors' choice, and Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron, which the Wall Street Journal called "absorbing non-fiction. . . . A beautiful, evocative story." Backwards Moon is her first work of fiction: a fantasy in which the heroines, unlike the author, a resident of St. Paul, Minnesota, are magic, live in the wilderness, and get to fly on broomsticks.
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