Flower Moon

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Middle Grade Books - PAL­LAS GATES MC­CORQUO­DALE

Gina Linko, Sky Pony Press (JAN­UARY) Hard­cover $15.99 (256pp), 978-1-5107-2274-3

Science and the su­per­nat­u­ral col­lide and com­min­gle in this unique ex­plo­ration of im­pos­si­ble true things.

Spend­ing sum­mers with Pa Char­lie’s trav­el­ing car­ni­val has al­ways been a high­light of the year for the Trim­ble sis­ters, but now a mys­te­ri­ous, grow­ing en­ergy threat­ens to pull them apart. Gina Linko’s Flower Moon is a cap­ti­vat­ing com­ing-ofage tale about trust­ing your­self, trust­ing oth­ers, and fight­ing for what you be­lieve in.

Tem­pest and Tally Jo have al­ways felt a spe­cial con­nec­tion as mir­ror twins, in­sep­a­ra­ble best friends, and part­ners in all things ad­ven­tur­ous. Whether they are cud­dling wolf pups, learn­ing to uni­cy­cle, sneak­ing out to set off fireworks, or eat­ing fried chicken, the lights, sounds, and scents of sum­mer sur­round Peachtree Car­ni­val and its col­or­ful in­hab­i­tants.

The cast in­cludes enig­matic Aunt Gra­nia with her lu­nar tat­toos and a fel­low sum­mer car­ni­val kid, and maybe more than just a friend, Dig­ger Swan­son. As Tem­pest and Tally’s thir­teenth birth­day ap­proaches, though, it seems to Tally that her shy and brainy sis­ter would rather tin­ker and ex­per­i­ment than spend time with her.

Beau­ti­fully de­scrip­tive and full of South­ern charm and whimsy, Tally’s voice will res­onate with el­e­men­tary and mid­dle grade stu­dents. She strug­gles to un­der­stand her evolv­ing re­la­tion­ship with Tem­pest, who “was the but­ter on my toast, the sea to my shore, the stars in my night sky.” Themes of love, fam­ily, and friend­ship shine as both sis­ters learn to cel­e­brate their in­di­vid­u­al­ity and dif­fer­ences while em­brac­ing the idea that, al­though it can be scary, not all change is bad.

Flashes of power, in­ex­pli­ca­ble forces of na­ture, and a touch of telepa­thy sur­round the ap­proach­ing full moon, adding an al­lur­ing mys­ti­cal el­e­ment. Tally un­cov­ers old letters and clues that point to a volatile fam­ily curse, while Tem­pest stud­ies the ef­fects of op­pos­ing mag­nets and ris­ing tides. Science and the su­per­nat­u­ral col­lide and com­min­gle in a unique ex­plo­ration of im­pos­si­ble true things and the magic in­side of ev­ery­one.

Flower Moon is sure to en­chant au­di­ences as Tem­pest and Tally work through both the enig­mas that sur­round them and the re­al­i­ties of grow­ing up, apart, and into one’s own.

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