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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

First-rate, spellbinding story of misfit girl who's magic.

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age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 11+

Books 1 & 2 of Nevermoor are wonderful stories which are set in a fun and interesting world that the author creates. I really enjoyed reading them. Parents should be aware that near the end of book 3 (Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow) the author throws in a Woman on Woman kiss on the mouth when a relationship between two of the characters who seemed like great old college buddies turns into a romantic relationship. It is quite out of place because there aren't really any other romantic relationships in the stories. The only other implications of romantic relationships in all 3 books are a character who the book jokes about that goes on dates each night of the week with a different man on each night. And, a man and a woman who work at the hotel who supposedly fancy each other but are too embarrassed or shy to tell each other so they don't have a romantic relationship because of it. There is zero other romance and there is no other physical affection in the stories what-so-ever, which makes the kiss on the mouth between the two women feel out of place. I really enjoyed the friendships in the story and how easy it was to enjoy the adventure of the story and the world the author created without the distraction of romantic relationships, love triangles, or major relationship drama between characters. I'm hoping the author continues on that track in future books as the characters age instead of making romantic relationships a focal point of future stories.
age 8+

Ideal reading for Harry Potter fans

I found Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow utterly engaging. I don't completely agree that its the next HP just yet, but Townsend has done a fantastic job of creating a vivid and magical world and wunderful (see what I did there?!) characters. The recommendation on the front of the book say its Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland, I understand how they have come to make those comparisons but I feel it has a bit more Doctor Who than Alice. In my head Jupiter was the tenth doctor, finally ginger, running amok in Nevermoor. The arachnipod at the start had a little steampunk (think the Wild Wild West film from the 90's and the spider machine) feel to it, but where Jupiter was controlling it from felt so much like the console from the TARDIS. The trails to get into the Society reminded me of the Hunger Games a little bit, but I found them really enjoyable. Enough with making comparisons though, onto the review. When I read junior fiction, I sometimes have trouble with the pacing and keeping myself interested. It wasn't a problem with Nevermoor though. I was engaged all the way through, which is saying something at 450 pages. I loved the concept of Wunder, I'm interested to see how the problems with the Wundersmith will continue in the following books in the series. I adored Morrigan as a main character. She's a bit glum, enjoys wearing black but always up for an adventure. Hawthorne and Jack were great side kicks to her story. I have a funny feeling that even though Morrigan and Cadence were somewhat unfriendly toward one another in this book that it may change in the future. Even though we have Morrigan as our protagonist I would love more positive female relationships (Morrigan's interaction with her family isn't great, step-mum Ivy is a troll[not literally]) FENESTRA IS MY FAVOURITE. Who wouldn't love a gigantic cat? I'd recommend for readers, probably 8 and up who enjoy fantasy. It is on the larger end of the spectrum which may discourage some readers, but its definitely worth it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (27 ):

Kids will hide under the covers with a flashlight long after bedtime -- one more page! -- to read this highly satisfying and engrossing new fantasy. With its page-turning plot, offbeat humor, quirkily colorful characters, and richly imagined fantasy world, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow has all the earmarks of a classic. The writing's stylish, with just enough Britishisms ("brolly," "chuffed") to make readers feel they've been transported. Since Morrigan comes to Nevermoor without papers and risks deportation, author Jessica Townsend invites kids to think about issues related to immigration. And though Morrigan and her patron, Jupiter North, are white, other significant characters are people of color.

The messages embedded in the story are delivered meaningfully, in ways that feel psychologically smart. While Morrigan continues to feel the rejection from her family, Jupiter is the supportive parent figure every kid would want, and his own magical gift enables him to truly see her. In one exquisitely touching scene, he takes her face in his hands and does not break gaze as he staunchly reassures her. With fast-paced action and heart, Townsend's fantastical world feels truly "Wundrous."

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