Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What is in the Night Air?

Twig has lived in the same small town since she was little. She's pretty much invisible, so no one pays any attention to her. Kids know Twig won't come to their birthday parties, nor will she invite them to her house, so it's hard for her to build friendships. She can't invite anybody over or they’d find out about her family secret. When Julia moves in next door, Twig has the first hope of a real friend. Unfortunately, Twig’s mother forbids her from spending time with Julia because of an old curse on the family. It isn’t easy since Julia wants to spend time with Twig too. Plus, there's a mystery around town. Graffiti is showing up with a message that makes the townsfolk believe a monster comes out at night to threaten them. Can a spell someone put out into the universe 200 years ago be reversed? What will happen if everyone finds out what or who is in the attic? Is there really a monster that comes out at night? You'll have to read this enchanting tale to find out.

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman is a story that should not be missed. I first heard about it from Joanne and her review on her blog: My Brain on Books. And I'm so glad I did! I loved Twig instantly and wanted to be friends with her. We would have such fun climbing trees and exploring the woods. I adored how wise beyond her years she is, and how she pays attention to all the details around her. Twig has such a kind heart and watching her friendship blossom with Julia brought a smile to my face. The different elements of the story made me feel like I was reading folklore or a fairy tale. The writing is beautiful and the themes are strong. I highly recommend this book, and if you have a chance to listen on audio the reader does an amazing job. 

Has anyone else read Nightbird? Or have you read another book by Alice Hoffman? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading! 
~L
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46 comments:

  1. Friendship and ancient curses - I'm loving the sound of this.

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    1. Tracy- It is a fabulous tale! :) ~L

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  2. I haven't read this book but it sounds really cute and interesting... this sounds like a book Valentina would love xox

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    1. Launna- It is a wonderful book. The story sweeps you right into it. :) ~L

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  3. I have read other Alice Hoffman books and enjoyed them. This one does sound very interesting; will have to check it out!

    betty

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    1. Betty- She did a fantastic job writing about Twig! :) ~L

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  4. I haven't read this one, but it sounds lovely and like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for the review!!

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    1. Meradeth- It is really a fascinating story. I think there are some aspects to the story that you will really like! :) ~L

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    1. Patty- I hope you enjoy it! :) ~L

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  6. Twig does sound like a character I would enjoy and want to be friends with

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    1. Brandi- Twig is awesome! You will love her! :) ~L

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  7. This book does sound so fetching and one we can relate to. I will have to check this out

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    1. Birgit- It is really a wonderful story. :) ~L

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  8. Thanks for this review. This sounds like a charming book with enchanting characters. I will definitely check it out. I haven't read an Alice Hoffman book for years, but I did enjoy the ones I read. Always a bit quirky.

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    1. Rosi- This definitely has it quirky aspects to it and it is just delightful. I know you will love Twig and her story. :) ~L

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  9. I saw this at the library yesterday, and I definitely want to read it with my daughter, but I think she is a bit too young, still. I am putting it on her wishlist.

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    1. Heidi- Your daughter is still probably a bit too young, but it is a perfect book for her wishlist. :) ~L

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  10. Thank you. I have read most of Alice Hoffman's work - but haven't come across this one. Your description made me think of her Practical Magic which I haven't reread in years. Too long.

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    1. Elephant's Child- Definitely has a magical feel to it. I think you will really enjoy it! :) ~L

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  11. I haven't read this book, but now I want to. A mystery, secrets, friends, what more could a reader ask for? Congratulations, Alice. Thanks for telling us about it, Jess.

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    1. Beverly- So glad you enjoyed hearing about Night Bird. You will love it! :) ~Jess

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  12. I hadn't heard of this - it does sound really good. I'm going to have to check it out.

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  13. Nightbird sounds like a lovely story. :-)

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  14. I've never read any of her books that I know of...but wow...she's 63? If so, and if the headshot of her out there online is recent, she looks amazing for her age.

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    1. Stephanie- I think you will really enjoy Night Bird if you read it. I checked out her headshot too and she does look amazing. I would never guess her age! :) ~L

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  15. Sounds good. Lonely kid stories always pull at the hear strings.

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    1. The Armchair Squid- They pull at my heart strings too! :) ~L

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  16. I haven't read it but I like the description.

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    1. Mary- Glad to introduce you to it! :) ~L

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  17. I haven't read it, but it sounds wondrous.

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  18. This looks great! It's exactly the type of book I'd have gobbled up when I was young. I'm sure kids will love it. Wishing Alice (and Twig) much success! :)

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    1. Lexa- It is a book that kids will fall in love with. I adore Twig! :) ~L

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  19. I have seen Alice Hoffman's name before, and I think she is quite a popular author although I have yet to read any of her books myself. I love the sound of Twig's character most of all! Glad you could enjoy this book :)

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    1. Olivia- Savannah- Alice Hoffman has a lot of books for adults, and a few books for MG or YA readers. I think if you read this one you will love Twig. :) ~L

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  20. I need to try a book by her..an adult though ;) Even if this sounds cute

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    1. Blodeuedd- She has a lot of adult books, so I hope you find one you like. :) ~L

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  21. This books sounds amazing! I haven't read a middle grade book in ages and I'm actually in mood for one. So this might be the one! :)
    I also love the cover, it's beautiful! :)

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    1. Petra- If you read it- I hope you enjoy it. I really like the cover too! :) ~L

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  22. Thanks for the review. I read this book. Although I love Alice Hoffman, I didn't think she quite nailed middle grade. But I loved the mystery, the setting she wrote so well, and the way the past and future wove together. I wrote a review on Goodreads about it.

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    1. Theresa- Can't wait to check out your review! :) ~L

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  23. I have this on my to-read shelf but have always thought it was a bit of a heavier sort of story so I've stayed away. Silly me. Will pick it up once I'm done with my current MG reads. I bought an Alice Hoffman ebook recently ~ The Red Garden. Looking forward to getting to it. Hope you ladies have been well!

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    1. Claudine- I hope The Red Garden is good! I think you will really enjoy Twig and Nightbird! :) ~L

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