In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl’s bravery could mean the difference between life and death in this lilting, luminous tale from the author of Parched and Audacity.
Along a lively river, in a village raised on stilts, lives a girl named Luna. All her life she has heard tales of the time before the dam appeared, when sprites danced in the currents and no one got the mysterious wasting illness from a mouthful of river water. These are just stories, though—no sensible person would believe in such things.
Beneath the waves is someone who might disagree. Perdita is a young water sprite, delighting in the wet splash and sparkle, and sad about the day her people will finally finish building their door to another world, in search of a place that humans have not yet discovered.
But when Luna’s little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic…
REVIEW BY: Michaela, age 11 years, 3 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
This book was sad, but very good. There were a couple parts that made me cry.
This story has three different sides to it, those being the spirit twins and Luna.
My favorite character is Willow because she is strong even when she is sick. My favorite part is when Luna meets Gia, who the swamp people say makes them sick.
This book is full of magic in the swamp. What more could you ask for in a book?
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10-13 years old.
This book was published on September 8, 2015.