I just finished reading this book by Kelly Barnhill. This book is a wonderful combination of magic, loss, coming of age and friendship. It’s a tale of two lonely kids taking on elements far greater than themselves and finding each other in the journey. Barnhill weaves the plot slowly with touching detail paid to how children grow through pain, wonder and adventure. Oh, there’s also magic and bandits and giant rock monsters. A read for the adventurer and thinker!
This book is a retreat; a perfect winter break read. Atmospheric as a very vivid, very real dream you can almost touch. Though I had to wade a bit through parts, the world was so lovely, so oddly embraceable yet hinting at strange, that I fell in. The characters seep into your affection rather than slap you in the face with easy quirks and broad strokes, and when finished it’s apparent that Ms. Milford accomplished her task fully creating a real world magical escape.
Trying to squeeze in as many reads as possible is my goal, and is challenging with all going on. Here are my favorites. in 2014 I started and am still reading, Greenglass House by Kate Milford. I imagine it would also be on this list. A perfect holiday break read. Here are some others:
Both of Jonathan Auxier’s books: The Night Gardener and Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes. Also the legendary The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. Worse Things Happen at Sea is the follow up to Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters. Both these books are wonderfully innocent, whimsical reads. Also, and most notably if you’re into the genre, The Monster Blood Tattoo Trilogy by D.M. Cornish. Yes, all these reads are middle grade and YA!