Author Lucy Strange narrates her debut novel with the sensitivity that comes from having written it. She fully dramatizes the upheavals of 12-year-old Henrietta, whose grief at her older brother's death is multiplied by the cruelties her catatonic mother suffers at the hands of the uncaring Doctor Hardy. Strange animates Henrietta's determination to help her family and her frustrations in doing so. The story's post-WWI British setting in a mysterious wood provides a melancholy, mysterious backdrop. Strange gives even minor characters layered portraits. Doctor Hardy's menacing demeanor is due to his megalomania, Henrietta's caretakers are strict mostly for her protection, and Moth, who lives in the woods, has a kindness born from her own loss. A passion for words is always evident, and lyricism provides emotional respites in this difficult story. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2017]
Trade Ed. Scholastic Audiobooks 2017
DD ISBN 978-1-338-18754-0 $24.99
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