Me (Moth)

Amber McBride's debut novel, a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and a Kids Indie Next List pick, unfolds in a series of stunning, connected free-verse poems. Her words dance across the pages with the elegance of her ballerina protagonist, Moth, a teen girl grieving the death of her mother, father and brother. As a child, Moth's grandfather taught her how to work Hoodoo; she strives now to use this magic to soothe her loss. Sani, the son of a Navajo healer, lives with his mother and abusive stepfather in the town to which Moth has relocated. The teens, both struggling to find their place in the world, run away on a road trip together. Moth and Sani's belief systems blend as their hearts meld, culminating in an epic climax. Me (Moth) is a rich, soul-stirring gift for any young adult. Parents will likely want to read this one as well--if they can pry it away from their teen. --Jen Forbus, freelancer 

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