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West of the Moon

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

westofthemoonby Margi Preus, 213 pages, Grades 5-8

 

Astri and her sister are waiting for their father to send for them. They live in Norway and he has gone to America leaving them with their terrible relatives. These relatives are so terrible that they sell Astri to a cruel goat farmer where she is expected to work from dawn until dusk. Astri is strong and brave, though, and she decides to make a plan to escape the evil goat man, rescue her sister and go to America to find their father. Of course, nothing is as easy as she hoped: knife wielding farmer, treaturous mountains, mysterious spinning girl and trolls make the journey a harrowing adventure.

 

If you enjoy fantasy reads that draw from folk and fairy tales you might also like Cinder, by Marissa Meyer or Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine.

 

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Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest

Monday, April 27th, 2009

71YrBlUUGRL._SL1052_by Matt Haig, p. 316 – Grades 4-8

Twelve-year-old Samuel and his sister Martha (who has recently become selectively mute)  find themselves living on the edge of a mysterious forest in Norway after the sudden, tragic death of their parents.  Samuel is having trouble adapting to this new strange environment and his quirky aunt’s long list of rules, including the most important – “NEVER – UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES – GO INTO THE FOREST.”  The forest contains dark and dangerous creatures as well as a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Aunt Eda’s husband, Uncle Henrik.  Samuel is forced into unlocking the mysteries of the forest when he has to save his sister, who also inexplicably disappears into it one day.

Connection:  This story might appeal to those readers who enjoy spunky orphan stories like Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.  –CRW