West of the MoonBook - 2014
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NVDPL Children's Librarians Sep 17, 2014
Inspired by folktales, a clever girl saves herself and her sister from a desperate situation, but struggles with the decisions she makes and the actions she takes. Is she a heroine? You decide.
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“Is it a worse sin to lie to my sweet sister than to steal from a cruel master?”
“I’ve stolen the gold and hacked off the fingers and snitched the soap and swiped the wedding food. I’ve lied to my own little sister and left Spinning Girl behind, and now I’m stealing the horse, saddle, and bridle from the farm boy who never did anything wrong except display a bit of greed.”
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LibrarianDest thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over
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“Now I know how much I’m worth: not as much as Jesus, who I’m told was sold for thirty pieces of silver. I am worth two silver coins and a haunch of goat.” That’s Astri, discussing the fact that her aunt and uncle have just essentially sold her to Svaalberd, the local goat herder. Though she is loathe to go, she knows that she has little choice in the matter, and must leave her little sister behind with her foul relatives. Svaalberd turns out to be even fouler, however, and as she plans her escape Astri hits up on the idea of leaving Norway and going to America. With time and opportunity she makes good her plans, taking little sister Greta with her, protecting the both of them, and making difficult choices every step of the way.