West of the Moon

By PREUS, Margi

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ISBN
9781419708961
Publisher
Abrams Amulet


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on April 1, 2014  |  Grades 5-8

Gr 5–8—Astri is 13 when she is sold by her aunt and uncle to a goat farmer named Svaalberd to serve as an unpaid laborer. Defiant but practical, she spends months with the brutal and superstitious Svaalberd, cooking, cleaning, and caring for the goats, before she escapes the farm with her fellow captive, the mysterious Spinning Girl. Astri fetches her younger sister, Greta, from her aunt and uncle's house, and hightails it with Svaalberd's "treasure" to the coast in order to sail to America. At its most basic, this is a tale ab...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on April 1, 2014

Preus, whose Shadow on the Mountain (rev. 11/12) was set in Nazi-occupied Norway, here takes readers to mid-nineteenth-century Norway in a tale strongly infused with myth. Fourteen-year-old Astri is determined to go to America to find her widowed father. But first she must escape the brutish goat herder to whom her greedy aunt and uncle have sold her, free the other young captive he's been hiding...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

Preus takes readers to mid-nineteenth-century Norway in a tale strongly infused with myth. Fourteen-year-old Astri is determined...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on May 1, 2014

Margi Preus has woven her family history, Norwegian folklore, and classic fairy-tale tropes—a dead mother, an evil surrogate mother, a cruel master, treasure, trolls, and a magic book—into a story that feels timeless. The combination of fact, realistic fiction, and myth is enchanting. Astri, who narrates her story, is a strong character and never self-pitying. However, she is vulnerable ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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