- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
- Series: Nevermoor (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316508888
- ISBN-13: 978-0316508889
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 200 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Hardcover – October 31, 2017
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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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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 Trials of Morrigan Crow is about this young girl named Morrigan Crow that has been cursed her entire life. She has been told that when bad things happen around her that it is her fault. She also has been told that on her eleventh birthday, which will be on Eventide, she will die. However, right before that can happen she gets rescued and whisked off to Nevermoor by this man named Jupiter North. Jupiter wants Morrigan to enter these trials so that she can join the Wundrous Society, which will give her the opportunity to stay in Nevermoor forever.
I absolutely adored this book. I think the magic and whimsy is what drew me in and kept me entertained the entire time. I want to visit Nevermoor and stay there forever. It reminded me a bit of Wonderland in the sense that it was kind of kooky and odd in a good way. I really hope that we get to see more of it in the next book.
I also loved the characters. Morrigan, especially, was a delight. She has this dry sense of humor that kept me chuckling as I was reading. She was also brave and I loved that she constantly questioned everything. With her being thrusted into this new world that she didn’t even know existed, it was really realistic to have her question Jupiter on what was happening. I was annoyed that Jupiter kept a lot of things from her at times, but by the end of the book I understood more on why he did it. The trials were also a lot of fun. I’m a sucker for some kind of competition and this satisfied that for me immensely.
I recommend this book for kids and adults alike. I think that a lot of people will enjoy this and I definitely think it deserves the hype it has gotten. I can’t wait for the sequel to find out what is going to happen to my babies next. Also, the audiobook was incredible and I highly suggest checking it out if you’re into that medium.
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!
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Off to a slow start, I didn't quite know what to expect at the beginning of this book. As I continued to read, the book became more and more enticing as the story line began to take place and we met some characters that are important to the story line. I also slowly began to pick up the pace on how quickly I devoured this the further in I got.
This was such a great middle grade book and I cannot wait to read to next in the series.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessican Townsend
This middle grade/young adult fantasy is a must read for Harry Potter fans. Morrigan Crow is taken on by Jupiter North as a prospect to join a magical society. But Morrigan does not know what her magical talent, or knack, is and does not know if she will make it into the society. She makes good friends, meets interesting magical people and will keep readers engaged while she goes through four trials to get into the society. I will read the sequel.