Jean Thesman Cattail Moon (Avon Flare Book)

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Cattail Moon (Avon Flare Book)

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Hearing a musical, enchanting voice coming to her from across the marshes, Julia rushes out and briefly glimpses a beautiful, white-clad figure and is drawn into the mystery of the unknown girl and a boy named Luke. Reprint.

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Jean Thesman is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. She makes her home with her husband in Bothell, Washington.

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Gr. 6-9. Nearly 15, Julia's seriously at odds with her mother, who dreams of transforming her daughter the classical musician into her daughter the cheerleader. When Mom takes her to an image maker for an early, unwanted present and plans a birthday party with real people, "not those pathetic misfits hauling their instrument cases around everywhere," Julia reaches her limit and goes to live with her father and grandmother for a while in rural Moon Valley. Julia misses her friends and her music lessons, but she's drawn to the marsh near her new home by the mysterious girl she hears singing there. Luke, Julia's nearest neighbor, seems to know the girl, but he won't talk, while Beth Ann, Julia's new friend, identifies her as the local ghost. Introducing a ghost into the novel has its dangers. For a while, the supernatural element threatens to overcast the realistic tenor of the story with an almost gothic tone, but in the end, it works as another piece of a puzzle. Thesman's many well-crafted characters and their conflicts make this novel quite readable and believable. Narrated by Julia, it expresses the seesawing emotions and concerns of a 15-year-old as she tries to find her balance amid confusing relationships with boys, girls, and family, as well as deal with her emerging sense of self. Although the relationships with Luke and the ghost have their intriguing moments, they seem to wind up too quickly, too neatly in the end, compared with the wonderfully ragged, lifelike quality of the book as a whole. Still, motifs recur in the main plot and subplots of the book, reinforcing and embellishing the central theme of Julia's growing self-knowledge and confidence in standing up for what's important to her. Carolyn Phelan

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