Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015
In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl’s bravery—and the existence of magic—could mean the difference between life and death in this elegant, luminous tale from the author of Parched and Audacity.
Along a lively river, in a village raised on stilts, lives a girl named Luna. All her life she has heard tales of the time before the dam appeared, when sprites danced in the currents and no one got the mysterious wasting illness from a mouthful of river water. These are just stories, though—no sensible person would believe in such things.
Beneath the waves is someone who might disagree. Perdita is a young water sprite, delighting in the wet splash and sparkle, and sad about the day her people will finally finish building their door to another world, in search of a place that humans have not yet discovered.
But when Luna’s little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic…
What a magical tale and quick read. I think reluctant readers will like it. The book could’ve been a lot longer and more complicated than it was. I liked the simplicity and lack of complication. Not every adventure needs a ton of suspense and action sequences. The two perspectives allowed me to guess what was going to happen. The relationships between the people were realistic and developed for the better at the end of the book. Ultimately, it was a great story about two sisters.