“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
In her first novel for middle-grade readers , bestselling author Alice Hoffman tells a bewitching story of love and friendship t
I was hoping that magic would strike again.
This is not a bad book though. Just an okay read for me. Maybe I'm too old for the target audience. It is a mid-grade book so that could explain the choppy short sentences and the jumping around in the story line.
I just got bored, but then I'm fully aware that I'm a jaded reader.
The town of Sidwell believes in magic. Flying monster men that steal little things from the townspeople.
Legends abound in the ...more
I did en ...more
It's written for middle grades, which doesn't often work for me. But her books are sweet, loving, lovely, and magical. I'm gushing, aren't i?
I would recommend this book to anyone, especially a 12 year old girl, who believes (or wants to believe) in magic, friends, and family.
Warnings? Not a one. If a person doesn't be ...more
This is the story of Twig, her brother James, and the town of Sidwell. The family, specifically the men in the family, have been cursed. A long time, a witch placed a curse on the family that would follow many generations of the family. The men in the family are born with ...more
What follows is a wonderful story about magic, curses, friendship and love. Beautifully written, light and engaging. The wr ...more
I thought this book was soooooo good.
Twig and her brother James live with their mom. She owns an orchard that has pink apples.
She makes pies, pink cider, cupcakes etc. I want some of each at this moment right now! :)
Twig's mom left their dad, left the city and doesn't go out with anyone or have people over. Poor Twig doesn't have any friends either. You see years ago there was a curse put on Twig's family by a witch (Agnes Early) who's heart was broken by on ...more
Still I liked it quite a bit and the ending was great
3.3+ Stars 💜
'Nightbird' is the story of a lonely 12 year old girl who lives with her mother and her winged brother, a product of the "Fowler family curse." It is a story of friendships developed, fea ...more
You'll fall in love with Twig, Twigs mom, James, Julia, Agnes, Miss Larch, Colin, Mr.Rose, and Flash (the owl), etc., and the wonderful storytelling!
Perfect enjoyable book for Middle school kids! I adored it! --(I'm 62 years old). My eyes got a little 'teary' a couple of times!
Its a joy to read an uplifting thoughtful book with inspired insights --remembering that sometimes 'dreams' really do come true.
~Alice Hoffman, Dear Readers
I couldn ...more
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Release Date: March 10 th
First of all...I usually inhale Alice Hoffman's novels
I love her writing style. I am crazy about it.
Of course I normally read her adult fiction stories which have a whole different depth _ although I do love her YA story Green Heart _, that I felt was missing here.
I don't know if the middle grade audience will appreciate this novel: From time to time it has Alice Hoffman's trademark writing style _ which for ...more
This might be the best middle grade book I have EVER read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend!
There’s a wonderful balance of magic, family, mystery, history and friendships. Alice Hoffman is such a treasure!
In Sidwell, tales of a monster are being spread. Twig knows that there's no monster, only a curse that was placed upon her family two hundred years ago. Everything will change as Twig races to find the monster while protecting her family's secrets, and after one last summer, nothing will be the same again.
Nightbird is an enchanting story of friendship and family. Monsters and curses. I enjoyed reading this book and found that I coul ...more
Everything flowed well and the small town feel was cozy. It was a gentle read, with a touch of magic to it. Nothing too horribly scary.
I would recommend this for middle readers and above. 4 solid stars.
My thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children's for an eARC copy of this book to read a ...more
The reason why I thought Sunday afternoon is because it’s a light and nice way to end your week before Monday comes and drags you from your bed. It’s a book that made me feel happy, and that’s not what I’m usually drawn to in a novel...
And isn’t it refreshing to read a story mainly about friendship and sibling love, rather than romance?
While it’s middle grade, I found it akin to Peace and Conflict by Irene Sabatini – a book anyone could enjoy. A child narra ...more
Twig lives in Sidwell with her Mom and brother. Their family has a secret - a curse placed on the family many years ago that only effects the men. They’ve spent all their lives hiding this secret. What will happen when the truth finally comes out?
There are many different reasons that I look forward to reading a book. Perhaps it is next in line for a series I am enjoying. Maybe that much anticipated third book of a trilogy. Or another new story from a favorite author.
But what to think ...more
In this enchanting MG novel 12 year old Twig is lonely, but she lets a new girl in, even after a girl from that family curse ...more
The book is about a girl named Twig, her family, life and a curse. Twig is living a complicated isolated life due to secrets that have to be kept. The story follo ...more
My granddaughter will enjoy this. I've bough ...more
In Sidwell, Massachusetts, Twig lives a rather secluded life on her family's apple orchard. After the separation of her parents, and the untimely death of her grandparents, her mother moves her an ...more
What I perhaps liked best of all was the tone with which this story was told. It's slow and dreamy like the summer days that Twig spends in the orchards. It's slow without being boring, the space is filled with absolutely beautiful prose. Hoffman describes everything in the scene from the clothes the characters wear, to the delicious pink apple pie that they eat, to the look of the sky at the present moment w ...more
I'll lead with my sole criticism...the fact that it felt like Hoffman over simplified with this one due to her target audience. Middle Grade readers can handle a lot more depth than she gives them credit for with Nightbird...but with that said it was still an amazing piece of writing.
The protagonist of the story is twelve but seems older and you mostly forget her age. And speaking of age, I really liked how many cross generational friendships there are in this book. I guess that comes from having it set in a small town but ...more
Her chosen subject material is a little dark and would be better suited to something that at least acknowledges that darkness instead of being sugary sweet. That's not to say that she shouldn't have a happy ending, etc, but none of the darker aspects really felt meaningful. And with those plot elements not feeling real, I mostly lost interest about 2/3 of the way through.
The intended Middle Grade audience would probably like it a bit better than me, but I think Hof ...more