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Publisher's Summary

In her first novel for middle-grade readers, best-selling author Alice Hoffman tells a bewitching story of love and friendship that is truly magical.

Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And 200 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.

©2015 Alice Hoffman (P)2015 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"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)

"I loved Nightbird. Such a clever mix of fantasy and reality; the fantasy is so persuasively meshed with the story that the reader accepts everything. Alice Hoffman enters brilliantly into the 12-year-old mind and winds her account of a disordered family into the twists and turns of an elegantly crafted narrative in which past and present unite to solve a magically intriguing problem of witches, feathers and owls." (Penelope Lively, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Booker Prize)

"Jenna Lamia's performance conveys the mystery and beauty in this tale.... Lamia's narration brings out the haunting qualities of the story without becoming frightening, making this a suitable and engaging listening experience for older children." (AudioFile)

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I love this Alice Hoffman novel!

Loved it! Delightful! Magical! I am an adult, and I enjoyed it so very much!

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Very sweet and compelling story

This is a story that could be listened to by the whole family though it was written for the preteens. Delightful. I like the author very much. This has her depth yet it has more lightness of being than her other works . A nice break when wanting to purisuebreading all of her exquisite works .

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lovely book

Perfect narrator. ....sweet book..... love this author.
Im really enjoying working my way thru all her books.

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It was a great book.

It was very entertaining and full of magic. I enjoyed it very much. I would recommend it.

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Empowering fairy tale for boys and girls.

A lovely story for children of all ages about families, love and hope. Being different is what we look for in each other. How else can we share life's mysteries?

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delightful fantastical mystery

loves the mystery, loyalty and grit of the lovely Twig. Beautifully read, story superbly constructed