Author: McBride, Amber
Moth, who lost her family in an accident, and Sani, who is battling ongoing depression, take a road trip that has them chasing ghosts and searching for ancestors, which helps them move forward in surprising, powerful and unforgettable ways.
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Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 4.80
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 515050
School Library Journal (+) (00/08/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/21)
The Hornbook (00/01/22)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2021 Gr 8 Up—This searing debut novel-in-verse is told from the perspective of Moth, a Black teen whose life changed forever the day a car crash killed her family. Once a dancer who lived so hard she drank the sun, now she lives quietly with her aunt Jack in suburban Virginia. She no longer dances and is struggling with the guilt of her family's deaths. But then she meets Sani, a Navajo boy who lives with his white mother and abusive white stepfather and really sees Moth. Sani gave up making music after leaving New Mexico and takes pills to clear his mind. Summer arrives, and the two take off on a road trip out west, back to the reservation where Sani's Navajo father lives. Along the way, their stories entwine. Sani recounts the origin story of the Navajo, and Moth shares about her grandfather who taught her hoodoo. Like a moth in a cocoon, they each find themselves on the edge of transformation on their journey. Each free verse poem is tightly composed, leading into the next for a poignant and richly layered narrative. The story builds softly and subtly to a perfect, bittersweet ending. Fans of Jacqueline Woodson won't be able to put this one down. VERDICT Earnest, surprising, and with a little magic, this book is a must purchase for all teen collections.—Erica Ruscio, Ventress Memorial Lib., Marshfield, MA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.