Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Twig doesn’t have any friends. Her mother has always discouraged friendships because their family is cursed. The curse was enacted two hundred years ago when her four times great grandfather didn’t show to run away with a neighbor girl. This girl was a witch and descendants from her line have moved back into the family manor and have offered friendship to Twig. Twig begins sneaking around with her new friends, but she isn’t sure she can share the truth about the curse. As the summer progresses Twig learns more about the curse and the possibility of its reversal. She can’t do it alone and must decide who she can trust.
Nightbird is a stand-alone novel about love, friendship and magic. Readers will discover that this short book quickly pulls them in and Hoffman has spun a tale that can be enjoyed by middle schoolers or high school students. Although hints of romance are weaved into the storyline, hints are all they are. The main character is twelve years old and I would see no problem with girls or boys of this age reading this book. This would be an enjoyable read for everyone, even reluctant readers.
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