West of the Moon

West of the Moon

eBook - 2015
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In West of the Moon, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Margi Preus expertly weaves original fiction with myth and folktale to tell the story of Astri, a young Norwegian girl desperate to join her father in America. After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic hairbrush, they set off for America. With a mysterious companion in tow and the malevolent "goatman" in pursuit, the girls head over the Norwegian mountains, through field and forest, and in and out of folktales and dreams as they steadily make their way east of the sun and west of the moon.
Publisher: [United States] : Abrams : Made available through hoopla, 2015
ISBN: 9781613125069
1613125062
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Ms_Gaye Oct 21, 2014

Fabulous storytelling. Astri, a Norwegian girl, faces a variety of challenges that incorporate elements from several folktales. The illustrations and design of the book add richness to the tale. Addenda at the end includes notes about the book's beginnings, various facts, folktale references, and snippets from an ancestor's diary - plus a glossary and bibliography!

Inspired by folktales, a clever girl saves herself and her sister from a desperate situation, but struggles with the decisions she makes and the actions she takes. Is she a heroine? You decide.

CoreneBee Aug 08, 2014

Challenging, thought-provoking and ultimately beautiful book about the power of stories and forgiveness.

LibrarianDest Aug 04, 2014

A fascinating, challenging read for young fans of dark fairy tales.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2014

This book is about grace and forgiveness. It’s about how even victims (or maybe especially victims) are capable of terrible terrible things. It’s about making amends with the world and finding a way to forgive yourself and to move on. Astri is not a saintly character. She steals and tricks good people for her own reasons and she leaves it to the reader to decide if she is worth forgiving. This is an ideal book discussion title, particularly when you weave in a discussion of the folktales, the notion of stories vs. lies, and the real world history. It’s not an easy book and it requires a little something extra on the part of the reader, but for those kids that demand a bit of a challenge and a book that’ll make ‘em stop and think for half a moment, you can’t do better. Remarkable.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2014

“Is it a worse sin to lie to my sweet sister than to steal from a cruel master?”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2014

“I’ve stolen the gold and hacked off the fingers and snitched the soap and swiped the wedding food. I’ve lied to my own little sister and left Spinning Girl behind, and now I’m stealing the horse, saddle, and bridle from the farm boy who never did anything wrong except display a bit of greed.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2014

“Now I know how much I’m worth: not as much as Jesus, who I’m told was sold for thirty pieces of silver. I am worth two silver coins and a haunch of goat.”

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LibrarianDest Aug 04, 2014

LibrarianDest thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2014

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2014

“Now I know how much I’m worth: not as much as Jesus, who I’m told was sold for thirty pieces of silver. I am worth two silver coins and a haunch of goat.” That’s Astri, discussing the fact that her aunt and uncle have just essentially sold her to Svaalberd, the local goat herder. Though she is loathe to go, she knows that she has little choice in the matter, and must leave her little sister behind with her foul relatives. Svaalberd turns out to be even fouler, however, and as she plans her escape Astri hits up on the idea of leaving Norway and going to America. With time and opportunity she makes good her plans, taking little sister Greta with her, protecting the both of them, and making difficult choices every step of the way.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2014

Violence: Just FYI that there is an attempted rape in the book. It's thwarted but it's certainly still there. Kids won't necessarily understand what's going on but adults will.

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