Crow Moon

It’s not easy be­ing green

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Re­lease Date: 5 March 408 pages | Pa­per­back/ ebook Au­thor: Anna McKer­row Pub­lisher: Quer­cus

In a vaguely un­spec­i­fied near fu­ture, good- hu­moured 16- year- old Danny lives with his mother in the “Green­world”, a witch- led agrar­ian com­mu­nity stretch­ing across Corn­wall and Devon, while most of the rest of the United King­dom is the “Red­world”, where scarcity of fuel has led to rich peo­ple living in gated com­mu­ni­ties, with an an­ar­chic un­der­class oc­cu­py­ing the streets. Armed gangs roam the land be­tween the Green­world vil­lages.

Danny dis­cov­ers he’s a rare male witch, and helps de­fend the Green­world from a gang attack. How­ever, what gives this YA book real ap­peal is its hu­man heart: re­la­tion­ships with girls, what it means to be mas­cu­line, and the prob­lems of be­ing brown in a mostly white world are just as im­por­tant to Danny as his pow­ers. Miriam McDon­ald Anna McKer­row is a pa­gan her­self. Her own favourite book about a witch is Dion For­tune’s 1938 novel The Sea Priest­ess.

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