Thursday, March 27, 2014

Alchemy and Meggy Swann

 Written by: Karen Cushman

First line: “Ye toads and vipers,” the girl said, as her granny often had, “ye toads and vipers,” and she snuffled a great snuffle that echoed in the empty room.

Why you should read this book: Crippled from birth and unable to walk without the aid of crutches, Meggy Swann has been called away from the village where she’s always lived and a cold, unloving mother who doesn’t want her, and relocated to the filthy chaos of Elizabethan London to help a cold, unloving father who, as it turns out, doesn’t want her either. Despite being treated as a monster by many in her new home, Meggy channels her anger, makes a few friends, and learns to become a productive member of her new society. Whether or not her father appreciates her abilities, Meggy knows that she can do some things, and she learned that she can do other things she always felt were beyond her ability.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Still desperately seeking the love of an absentee parent.

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