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Morning Girl

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Lyrical historical fiction with a knockout punch.

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age 7+

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age 2+


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Too much violence
age 11+

Great historical novel, but...

I have had 2 children read this book for school. I think this is a great historical novel, but it is somewhat difficult to read for fifth graders. From my perspective the language is beautiful and dreamlike . My children were often confused by the language and what it meant. We had many discussions about what exactly the character was saying. That is great for learning, but it was sometimes frustrating for an 11 yr old.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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This beautiful and powerful short novel makes a distant culture familiar and its loss quietly devastating. This is a simple story, lyrically told, with a knockout punch at the end that will leave you gasping. Despite their distance from us in time and space, their life is not alien at all. It is filled with the small crises and epiphanies that are part of any family: sibling rivalry, a miscarriage, a storm.

Despite her frequent annoyance with her younger brother, Morning Girl stands by him when he is ridiculed by others, and some of the most touching scenes are between these often antagonistic siblings. By the time the last chapter arrives, we have come to know these people well, to feel affection and understanding. Like the rest of the book, the ending is quiet and understated, and all the more devastating in its impact. This is a profoundly beautiful book, elegant and spare, that does more than any facts or diatribes could to make us see things from a different perspective.

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