Margaret and the Moth Tree Hardcover – Apr 1 2012
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"A charming story of magical realism. Well-sketched characters and short chapters that often end on ambiguous notes will engage readers. While period and setting are left vague, the narrator's elegant asides and wry commentary imbue the novel with an old-fashioned air reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events.' The Trogens breathe new life into the old trope of the plucky orphan in dire straits." --School Library Journal
About the Author
Kari Trogen studied English literature in Edmonton and England, obtaining her MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. She lives in Toronto with her husband, a filmmaker, and works as a freelance writer. Her first children's novel, Margaret and the Moth Tree, was coauthored with her sister Brit.
Brit Trogen received her BSc in biology from the University of Alberta. With interests in science and science fiction, her work has appeared in publications including On Spec Magazine and Discover Magazine. She currently lives in New York City. Her first children's novel, Margaret and the Moth Tree, was coauthored with her sister Kari.
Top Customer Reviews
The ending was good and emancipating. Throughout the story, the narrator was friendly and had good sense of humour as well. Overall, it was a very pleasant reading experience. Would recommend to all ages :)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Kari and Brit Trogen created a story for children that is pregnant with life lessons. In my opinion every child should be exposed to Margaret and the Moth Tree before the age of 10 as a fantastic read-aloud book. In Margaret and the Moth Tree these two talented authors paint a crystal clear picture of the world through the eyes, the emotions of a little girl named Margaret Grey.
Margaret and the Moth Tree will engage every reader or listener perhaps giving them a sense of gratefulness for the things they have. Margaret's life from being a toddler to third grade was traumatic. It is a page turner and I could not put this book down. Margaret and the Moth Tree touches the heart and lends itself to many discussions of pain, sorrow, happiness, evil and loving people and the important influence these issues shaped Margaret and shape all humans.
Margaret Grey's life starts out not being wanted but tolerated by adults in her family however as she grows Margaret develops into a imaginative, sensitive, intelligent girl. I appreciate the collaborative effort making Margaret a strong girl with the tenacity of a warrior.
Thank you, Kari and Brit Trogen for cultivating Margaret's complex life and putting it on the printed page for all readers or listeners to enjoy, bond with and adore. There aren't enough adjectives for me to clearly convey how this story changed my outlook on life's bumps in the road. Margaret and the Moth Tree speaks to the development of one's character regardless of age, heritage and location.
The book is short but packs a lot in it and is a definite must-read not just for girls or for kids but for everyone.
Reread factor: 5/5
Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of all this book. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this books were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read the book.