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Length: 96 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sibling Press; First edition (October 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00607KR0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,116,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Melanie Winter was born in the USA but moved to Australia as a six-year old with her parents and six siblings. Her childhood was filled with books, and her love of reading continued into adulthood. Melanie completed a Bachelor of Science and later a Master of Public Health, and she continues to work in the health industry.
In 2009 her first book - Black Powder and Moonlight - was published. This was the first book in the Moon Shiver series for older children, and it was followed by The Moon Drinkers and The Dragonfly Thief.

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I had great hopes for this book based on the title, but I had serious doubts about its ability to meet them. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a charming short story with some rather inventive elements. While I'd like to see a bit more explanation of some of the underlying mechanisms, I expect most children would rather not sit through exposition. A solid buy, and an intriguing story!
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There are a lot of very good, very appealing works of fantasy on the shelves, with great world building, fascinating aliens and complex and immersive imagined worlds. There are also a lot of different books for young readers that delight and entertain. I cannot recall, however, a book that is completely open and accessible to a young reader AND as deeply and engagingly fantastic as this one is. Many books are compared to the classics of the world imagining genre, and few measure up. This one certainly isn't close to an adult classic. But, it does strike me as as close as you are likely to get to a fascinating and fantastic world scaled down to and written for a reader who may only be just past chapter books.

In this imagined world there are Beadles, Myrmidots and Muddles. Beadles invent things. Myrmidots organize things. Muddles are mellow Hobbit-like characters. They are bright, calm and kindly. At random intervals there is a bit of a "shimmer" and they temporarily trade body parts. So, a Muddle gets someone else's legs and a different someone else's mid-section. (Hence, the clever name "Muddles"). After a bit they return to their old selves. This is such a common occurrence that it's hardly ever worth their even commenting on it.(MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) In this story, a Muddle is kidnapped by an evil mad genius and the other Muddles try to find and rescue him. From time to time a change occurs, so some Muddle ends up with the victim's legs or middle. The Muddles examine those parts for clues, (mud on his boots, or something in his pocket), in order to figure out where the victim is being held. How cool, fantastic, and yet perfectly comprehensible to a young reader, is that wonderful premise? (END OF SPOILER)

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