From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Suzume, 16, is a shadow weaver-"one who can weave illusions from the threads of the world"-and recreate herself in any form. Her carefree life abruptly ends when her father is wrongly accused of being a traitor and is murdered. Suzume escapes using "the moon's gift." In exchange for protection and new identities, Suzume's mother marries Terayama-san, her father's best friend. However, after it is discovered that Suzume has overheard the secret whisperings between her mother and her tyrannical stepfather regarding his involvement as the mastermind behind her father's death, she must flee for her life. Suzume shadow weaves her way up society's ladder-from a lowly kitchen drudge to the coveted Shadow bride-with one goal in mind: revealing Terayama-san as a traitor and avenging her father's death. In doing so, she might have to forsake the love of her life and fellow shadow weaver, Otieno. Or does she? Zoe Marriott's riveting tale (Candlewick, 2012) puts a refreshing spin on the deadly game of cat and mouse whereby the mouse precisely calculates every small move to corner the cat. Amy Rubinate is solid in her narration of Suzume and offers subtle voice variations for the other characters. A great listen.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"Cinderella" is reimagined as a revenge story set in an alternate feudal Japan. A dark yet very fresh fairy-tale reinvention.
Beautifully written, with diverse and fascinating characters, an intriguing plot, and a romance that will steal your heart. One of the most innovative fairy-tale retellings I've read in years.
—R.J. Anderson, author of Spellhunter and Ultraviolet
Shadows on the Moon weaves a spell as deft as any by its main character. Beautiful and cruel; a mesmerizing read with an intoxicating love story.
—L.A. Weatherly, author of Angel Burn and Angel Fire
Marriott plays with the motifs of the Cinderella story in fresh new ways, recasting the classic fairy tale as revenge quest in a pseudo–ancient Japan, and her powerful exploration of familial betrayals and the personal cost of vengeance dovetails seamlessly with the more familiar fairy-tale themes of love, belonging, and multiple identities. . . The atmospheric writing, compelling secondary characters, and emotional complexity of this adaptation give it broad appeal and make it a standout addition to the perennially appealing field of fairy-tale novelizations.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A rich cultural context and strong female characters make this novel reminiscent of Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING
(Harcourt, 2008) and Arthur Golden’s MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (Knopf, 1998). The "Cinderella" theme is interwoven with just the right strokes, creating a magical reinterpretation that is much richer than a mere retelling. Although several hot-button issues such as self-mutilation and gender identity are dealt with in an explicit manner, the fast-moving plot, intense action, and compelling characters will pull readers through to the satisfying conclusion.
—School Library Journal