Crowder, Melanie. A nearer moon. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. 150 pgs. $16.99. ISBN:978-1-4814-4148-3. Gr. 4+. P8 Q8
This story reminds me of Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which has a play within a play. This story, too, has a story within a story, which at the end merge. The two stories are told in alternating chapters by the fairy and Luna.
They say that there is a special bond between twins that can never be severed. Having twin cousins I know this to be true in anything that involves them. Fairy twins once lived in our world happily with their magic. As man encroached into their realm they decided to leave this world and to go to another. When the time comes to leave, the twin fairies are separated and one is left in our world. The twin left behind turns into a worrisome creature who changes the world around it into a swamp. When Luna’s young sister, Willow, falls into the swamp and swallows some of the cursed water they both know that she will die of a fever in two weeks. Luna is determined to save her sister by getting medicine from the townspeople, but it is a miracle that finally breaks Willow’s fever and causes the two fairy twins to be reunited. The language in this story is wonderful and the imagery is, too. I found that I had to re-read sections of the book just to experience it again.
January 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.