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Bestselling author Alice Hoffman's bewitching Nightbird is perfect for ages 10-13: love and friendship empower a lonely girl to embrace her uniqueness and discover her strengths.  

Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig's family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change when the red moon rises. It's time to break the spell.

Nominated for:
The Great Stone Face Award (NH)
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (Illinois)
The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland)

"Hoffman reminds us that there are secrets everywhere . . . Nightbird soars."
-- The New York Times
"Alice Hoffman has a gift for melding magic and realism in a way that makes nearly anything seem possible."
-- Shelf Awareness, Starred
"The mix of romance and magic is irresistible."
-- Kirkus Reviews

What Other Authors Are Saying
"I love the way Alice Hoffman creates the most ordinary people and then turns their lives magical. . . . [ Nightbird ] is like reentering a wonderful dream that you vaguely remember." --Lois Lowry, two-time Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver

Publisher: New York :, Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780385389594
Branch Call Number: J HOF


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Jul 14, 2017

Wonderfully written story for young chapter book readers! Does a wonderful job of creating a community folklore, connecting history with the present, mixing in magic and examining family relationships. We listened to it on CD and both my 10 year old and I really enjoyed it!

JCLJessecaB Feb 17, 2017

Nightbird is a story comprised of family curses, redemption, magic, and love. It’s a quick read, perfect for families to read aloud together (esp. in the waning sun of a summer afternoon).

Nov 06, 2015

When I find a book that doesn't have a beginning that grabs at me, I try to skim ahead to when the story "starts". It was simple to read but I never felt the hook. I would have enjoyed it alot more if it had focused on the brother and his story exclusively. Instead there is mostly exposition from the sister who has a flat personality, trained by her mom to fade into the background. This would be best for 4 or 5th graders; has more of old fashioned style to it. Its basically the movie Holes with Shia La Beouf

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