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Wise Child by Monica Furlong
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Jun 25, 2010

liked it
bookshelves: 50book-challenge, historical, fantasy, childrens

I wish I'd found this when I was still little, because I think I would have absolutely adored it then. Coming to it as an adult, I didn't get quite so absorbed.

While I still very much enjoyed it, I didn't feel particularly connected to the text. Juniper at times seemed a little too idealized, and despite the fact it was told from Wise Child's first person POV, I felt a sort of odd disconnect between the narrator's voice and the actual tale. It is being told from the adult Wise Child's perspective, but still... it's almost more like a third person point of view than a first.

However, it was still a charming and interesting book. I really loved the parenting/mentoring relationship between Juniper and Wise Child, especially as a positive bond between two women. The message of love and tolerance was lovely without feeling at all forced. Worth the read, especially for the younger reader.
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