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Title : Backwards Moon
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ISBN : 9780823431601
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 134 Pages
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Backwards Moon Reviews

  • Ms. Yingling
    2018-11-15 23:08

    This had a decidedly Ruth Chew feel to it, right down to the cover. I was glad to get a copy, since I liked this author's The Fairy Ring, but I just don't have readers for it. Perhaps in an elementary library with a lot of readers who like magic stories.

  • Dawn Zachary
    2018-11-19 03:03

    School Library Journal( September 01, 2014; 9780823431601 )Gr 3-5-In this well-crafted, light fantasy, Losure shows the same sure touch as in her nonfiction book The Fairy Ring (Candlewick, 2012). The enchanted valley in which young witches Nettle and her cousin, Bracken, live is protected from our world by a spell which is beginning to fail, and the valley is in grave danger. The danger, it turns out, is from humans: people and their cars, suburbs, cities, electricity. The elders believe that their only possibility for survival is to find the Door, somewhere on the other side of the human world. Nettle and Bracken's mothers disappeared years ago in the search of this Door. When Nettle is accidentally transported into the human world, Bracken flies out of the Valley on her broomstick to try to find Nettle before she succumbs to the danger of Fading. With a talking raccoon and a human Witchfriend to help her, Bracken finds Nettle and together they find their way to St. Paul, Minnesota and the Door. There are some suspenseful moments (which include a wonderful vignette wherein Nettle meets a human girl, and fulfills that dream of every child who believes or wants to believe that magic is real), and the story's pace is just right for younger readers not ready for long descriptions or explanations. The resolution is satisfying, even though it is tinged with sadness. With interesting characters and a skillful blend of realistic and fantasy elements, this short novel with its breath of childhood innocence ends with just a hint that this may not be the last of Bracken and Nettle's adventures.- Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  • Aiko M
    2018-11-01 02:13

    In this book backwards moon, Nettle and her cousin, Bracken wonder why the witch community has never left their valley and gone out to the rest of the world. One day when Nettle and Bracken are out flying, they see two figures. They wonder if they are wood folk, the father witches in the community but then they realize they are humans! Suddenly everyone is getting all chaotic as they realize the border veil spell broke and frantically try to fix. As all the adult witches argue about whether to tell them (tell them what?) Toadflax, an elderly witch sends Nettle off to find the special door and soon Bracken too to lead the rest of the witches to a better world. Will they find it?I would recommend this book to anyone really. It is a short, quirky and sad fairytale full of adventure. The author describes things very nicely and makes it seem as if the animals even we're talking to you! It had lots of cliff hangers making me want to read more. Anyone should read it!

  • Jennifer Priester
    2018-10-30 02:20

    This is one of those books that fall into a half star rating. It was a difficult decision whether I felt it was closer to a three star or a four star rating. To star with I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the witches in this book are portrayed as good and not evil. I only like this kind of witch and would not have enjoyed the book otherwise. I also loved how the reality of human nature was represented as there is mention of the way humans are known for wiping out land and animals. I also liked how the witches can talk to animals and care about what happens to them. My favorite animal moment was when the wolves appeared.For all I liked, there were also things I disliked. I really didn't like how humans and witches are separated as far as being considered a separate species rather than also being humans. Because of my favorite witches from TV and books, I tend to see witches more as a different type of human or just humans with the ability to use magic so I was unable to get into the idea that they aren't humans. I also wasn't sure the fact that witches are invisible to most people naturally without having to use magic felt entirely realistic. One other problem I had while reading this book was that I kept losing focus on it. I didn't incorporate this in any way in my rating as I wasn't sure if it was me, the font style used, something else in the layout, or the authors writing style. In the end I would recommend this book to any children and the occasional adult who likes to read adventures about witches with good hearts.

  • Paula
    2018-10-20 21:08

    Fledgling witches Nettle and Bracken relish their carefree existence until their world is jeopardized by a rift in the magic veil that separates the witches’ world from the human world. The rift, caused by humans and their lifestyles, threatens the survival of the coven. Nettle is transported into the human world and when Bracken tries to find her, the pair must find their way back before succumbing to the Fading, a fate that claimed their mothers years ago. While in the human world, they befriend a talking raccoon and a human who is sympathetic to witches. They ultimately locate the Door, the ancient remnant that will rid their world of humans and ensure the survival of the coven once and for all. Familiar themes of good vs. evil, the power of love and friendship are teamed with magical trappings and combine to create an entertaining fantasy/reality tale for intermediate readers. The suspense is minimal and the rambling text lags at times, but for those wanting kinder, gentler witches, this read is ideal. The conclusion hints at a sequel. Order if needed.

  • Hilary
    2018-11-15 01:12

    Bracken and Nettle may be the last witchlings (witchlings are the offspring Woodfolk men and Witch women). But the Woodfolk have gone, and the only witches left in their small coven are very old. Bracken and Nettle’s parents left in search of a way to save their way of life, but never returned, and humans are about to stumble onto their secret haven. Humans are different from witches. They have no respect for land or animals, unlike these “good” witches, who can talk to animals and care about what happens to them. Contact with humans will syphon off the witches’ powers and will cause the witches to forget their own ways. Can Nettle and Bracken find the portal into the world where the Woodfolk went and save the coven if they venture out into the danger-filled world?Fans of Ruth Chew will find this book appealing.

  • Teresa Bateman
    2018-11-14 03:13

    Bracken and Nettle are the youngest - the witchlings - and it seems they may be the last of their kind. Witchlings occur when a Woodfolk man and a witch have a child. But the Woodfolk are gone, and the only witches left in their small group are old. Their parents left in search of a way to preserve their way of life, but never returned, and humans are about to encroach on their safe valley. Human influence will result in a fading of their powers and a forgetting of their ways. Only Bracken and Nettle may be able to find the doorway into a world where the Woodfolk went, and their small coven can continue. Going out into the world, however, is fraught with danger. Will they have what it takes to not only survive, but save their loved ones? This is a book scattered with magic that may appeal to young witch-friends.

  • Vanessa
    2018-10-21 01:05

    Nettle and Bracken are the youngest witches in their coven that lives secluded in a valley, protected by their magic so no humans can find them. When the protective magic begins to fail, Nettle and Bracken are sent out into the world of humans to try to find a secret doorway and save their people.This would be an OK book to introduce newer readers to fantasy. I struggled to stay interested, but second or third graders might enjoy it. Recommended for ages 8+

  • margothere
    2018-11-06 19:01

    An interesting but short fantasy (too short for some readers, just right for others) that quietly weaves real world themes environmentalism, family, community. Could make a nice read aloud for our third grade to make connections with their units on rivers, endangered species, and also their lives (families separated, community.) IB PYP: thinker, risk-taker, open-minded, caring, principled.

  • Crystal
    2018-10-28 21:14

    I won an ARC in a giveaway from a blog featuring the book. This is a fun fantasy for children just getting into chapter books. It's a good length for Magic Tree House fans who want to move to a stand alone or something a little more complicated. It's about witches, but isn't a terribly scary story.

  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    2018-11-12 23:05

    3.5 starsThis book is for new readers starting chapter books that enjoy magic and nature. This book is about bravery, friendship, magic and being true to yourself. i enjoyed it so very much 3.5 stars