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Madapple by Christina Meldrum
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Sep 10, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: ya, read2011
Read from June 14 to 17, 2011

Aslaug is a strange creature, having been raised by her mother in a backwoods part of Maine. She's never been to school but her mother has taught her about history and language and the properties of plants. When her mother dies, she finds her relatives in the next town over, where she learns more about her mother's history in a bizarre environment. The story chapters are interspersed with different parts of her murder trial.

From a YA book perspective, this has a unique perspective on obscure religions (Essenes, Gnostics, Taoism, Norwegian mythology) and plant lore in an engaging story. There is also a bibliography, not too typical for a novel!

"If Mother was anything, she was curious; she wanted to understand everything. It made her seem scrawny and ravenous at times, like if she'd eat others alive if she'd had the energy to, just to take in their minds."

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Joell Smith-Borne We just talked about this in my YA Resources class. Sounded really good!

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