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The Moon and the Sun

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dense but compelling blend of history and fantasy.

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This skillful blend of historical fiction and fantasy packs a lot of food for thought into mature themes while still being a compelling read thanks to a believable, likable main character. Although The Moon and the Sun wasn't marketed to a young adult audience when it was first published, teens will relate to Marie-Josephe as she struggles for personal freedom, starts to have romantic feelings, and fights for what she knows is right. Suspense builds over the fate of the sea creature, which keeps the pages turning while we explore lots of aspects of humanity and society. Integrity, trust, faith, colonialism, slavery, gender equality, scientific study, power, and even more important themes are explored along the way.

It's a little hard at first to keep track of the large cast of characters, especially since many are called both by their names and by their titles. But there's a helpful list at the front to refer to, and the web of relationships and court positions of historical figures may inspire some readers to learn more about them. The writing is sometimes lyrical, often sensual, and sometimes it just gets the job done, which is no small feat given the scope and breadth of the story and characters.

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