Anyone a fan of The Giver by Lois Lowry? If so, then I have a book recommendation from you.
This book won the 2017 Newbery Award and is about a girl who is given as an offering from her town to the witch in the wood. Why is she given up as an offering? Well, she was the first born child since the last offering. Why does the town offer the first born? To make the witch happy. What happens when they leave the child behind for offering? Well, no one knows for sure, but probably the child is eaten or starves to death or gets too cold. After all, no one has seen the witch. She’s just a story that is told.
But when this particular child is given the moon to drink, things change for the witch, and the town. A mother goes mad, a nephew is attacked by paper birds, and a girl keeps things hidden from her grandmother.
In the end, a mother and daughter are reunited, a town comes out from under the clouds of sorrow, and the truth about the witch is finally revealed.
Take a read for yourself and let me know what you think.
(Below you have my goodreads summary as well…)
The book slightly reminded me of The Giver as the Protectorate follows some customs (leaving a baby as an offering) without anyone really understanding why. Then when a particular child is left one year, the reason behind the offering starts to be revealed to the reader.
The different story lines are intertwined with a story told in italics.
I think it would make kids wonder who is the good guy or the bad guy, and are they really that way or is it our perception that makes it so.
Well written and a different twist on a story makes it easy to see why Kelly won the Newbery for this novel.