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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Book Review: West of the Moon, by Margi Preus
Recommended for ages 8-12 In this mash-up of fairy tale and historical fiction set in mid-19th century Norway, 14-year old Astri is sold by her aunt to a horrible (and lecherous) goat-herder to serve as his servant and more. Astri manages to not only escape but also rescue her younger sister, so that they can try to get to America, where her father has emigrated. With the goatman in pursuit, they must travel west of the moon, and east of the sun in this masterful story in which a 19th century immigrant's story is seamlessly mixed with Norwegian folklore and mythology. The novel features a terrific feisty, no-nonsense heroine very loosely based on the author's own ancestors.
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