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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Hardcover – October 31, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—Morrigan Crow is cursed and doomed to die on her 11th birthday on Eventide night. She is blamed for every bit of bad luck and misfortune that plagues the residents of the town of Jackalfax in the Wintersea Republic. When Eventide arrives early, ushering in a new Age across the realm, Morrigan is faced with the prospect of her premature death—until a strange man named Jupiter North arrives. Together the two escape the Hunt of Smoke and Shadow and come to the Free State city of Nevermoor. Miraculously alive and possibly no longer cursed, Morrigan can make a fresh start. With Jupiter's help, she has the chance to compete in a series of trials for a place in Nevermoor's most revered group: the Wundrous Society. If she succeeds, she'll also earn her place in Nevermoor and finally have a home and a caring family. Despite Jupiter's assurances, Morrigan dreads the final Show Trial, where the remaining competitors will have to demonstrate their astounding talents—something Morrigan is quite certain she doesn't possess. Morrigan will have to step boldly and learn to trust her new friends if she hopes to pass the trials and join the Wundrous Society. Townsend's debut fantasy revolves around Morrigan's struggle to find her place and discover her own worth, all while she completes magical tasks and investigates the strange world of Nevermoor. This dynamic title is filled with intricate world-building that brings the renowned figure of Jupiter North and the rest of Nevermoor to life. Set over the course of Morrigan's year of trials, this entertaining and fast-paced story is filled with astonishing details, such as the Hotel Deucalion, where Morrigan's room changes to suit her mood; the Wundrous Society grounds, which turn the weather up a notch; and even a giant talking "Magnificat" named Fenestra. VERDICT Readers, like Morrigan herself, will feel at home in this evocative novel where magic and confidence go hand in hand. An excellent and exciting work.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library
"Poignant.... A Harry Potter-esque adventure."―Time Magazine
"Imaginative."―The Washington Post
* "[A] spellbinding debut...Morrigan is a captivating heroine, filled with moxie and wit.... Whimsical worldbuilding, humorous dialogue, and colorful supporting characters compliment an adventurous, magic-filled plot that champions bravery, self-confidence, and hope."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Readers will leap into this captivating world brimming with witty characters and unforgettable adventures. A perfect fit for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson."―School Library Connection, starred review
"Townsend's debut novel is a tour de force of fantastical invention, revealing original conceits with each page-turn."―The Horn Book
"Townsend knows how to keep the pages turning in this fast-paced story."―Booklist
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There were some good lessons for middle graders in this book, including lessons about bullying, having differences, and judging books by their covers, so to speak. I think kids would relate to Morrigan Crow and her friend, Hawthorne. I think they would also enjoy the idea of escaping to somewhere magical and learning that there is something special about them. I wouldn’t be surprised if this new world Jessica Townsend has created becomes the next craze in middle grade fantasy fiction. Have we finally found the next Harry Potter? Only time will tell…but I’m anxious for Morrigan’s next adventure. Until then, step boldly!
Read full review at: KaitsBookshelf.com
Everything about this book drips with wonder. To say that Jessica Townsend is a once in a decade writer/storyteller is not too brave a comment.
She writes her brave lead, Morigan, with grace and while she has a shadowy past, her desire to find hope is ever present. I know there have been a lot of comparisons to Potter here, but while I think that's fair, I think that Nevermoor stands on its own, and no comparisons are needed.
I hate spoilery reviews, but I will say this. You'll fall in love with Morigan Crow. If you're an old duffer like me you will start planning your Jupiter cosplay before you finish the chapter when he is introduced (which is perhaps my favorite character introduction in a decade). And you'll never look at an old hotel or an umbrella the same.
Do your self and your young readers a favor and stuff this book beneath the Christmas tree this year.
The best thing is that it inspired my nephew to go back and re-read all of his favorite books over the last few years. To me that is truly an unexpected gift from a story that is sure to delight all ages for years.