Tuesday, January 26, 2016
By Alice Hoffman
Wendy Lamb Books, 2015. Fiction. 199 p.
Twig is a loner in her small town of Sidwell, Massachusetts. She never accepts invitations to parties or play dates. People think she is odd, but she is only afraid that if she makes a friend she might betray a well kept, and very important, family secret. One day a family moves into the old deserted house near Twig's home. They have a girl Twig's age who is so friendly Twig can't help but want to be around her. She knows she should avoid the girl, but Twig's longing for a real friend overcomes her fear of the past, and gives her the courage to confront the curse that has haunted her family for generations.
Hoffman is a New York Times best selling author who has written numerous books for adults, teens and children. This one is a lush fantasy-mystery full of well defined characters, an interesting small town setting, and just the right amount of suspense. This book is available from the library in print, on CD, as an ebook, and as an e-audiobook.