By Jessica Townsend
Book #1 in the Nevermoor series
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: 31st October 2017
Pages: 448 (paperback)
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Purchase: Nevermoor: bookdepository.com
Nevermoor follows eleven year old Morrigan Crow, a cursed child living in Jackelfax where she is blamed for any misfortune that befalls the people of the town.
She meets a man named Jupiter North on the day she is fated to die who whisks her away to a place called Nevermoor where she must compete in a series of trials to earn a place in the society of Nevermoor.
What a fantastic read! I ended up reading ‘Nevermoor’ on the recommendation of one of my students. She is a die hard Harry Potter fan and would not stop raving about Nevermoor.
After finally getting my hands on it I couldn’t put it down. Being a middle grade book it was a quick read (even though it was almost 450 pages). The world of Nevermoor is so intriguing and I constantly wanted to know more. It is described in such detail and give a feeling of such a light and magical place. Jessica Townsend has done a fantastic job capturing her audience (middle grade) as well as adult readers.
I would recommend this book to everyone! In fact I intend to use this book next year with my students in our Book Club sessions. They love stories containing magic and a good female lead character.
The book carries strong messages of believing in yourself and not looking at yourself through the view of others. It also touches on the importance of independence.
Overall the story is entertaining and engrossing, it is full of fantastic detain and weird and wonderful characters with rich personalities. It is the first book in what will surely be a timeless series in a world one would want to be a part of!
I cannot wait to read more…