Twig is used to having no friends.  It's hard to get close to people when you are holding secrets you don't want anyone to discover.  But when Mourning Dove Cottage gets new occupants, Twig finds herself caught up in the energy and warmth of Julie and Agate, her new neighbors.  

 Can she keep her friends? Can she hold onto the magic of having someone to share life with?  

Meanwhile a monster has invaded her town.  The monster has been seen flying through the air.  The townspeople are getting edgy and worried and at the same time graffiti is appearing with messages beseeching the community to protect their local forest.

This is a coming of age story, a story of witches and unrequited love, and a story of all the little things we share that bond us together and make life warm and wonderful.  

978-0385389587   Ages 9-13  202 pages

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


From the publisher:

Bestselling author Alice Hoffman’s bewitching Nightbird is perfect for ages 10-13: love and friendship empower a lonely girl to embrace her uniqueness and discover her strengths.  Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig’s family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change when the red moon rises. It’s time to break the spell.

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