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McGraw, Eloise

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ISBN 10: 068980654X / ISBN 13: 9780689806544
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, New York, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in NF condition, there is a light crease down the spine. Signed by the author on the title page. DJ is VG+ condition, there is a small, 1/2 dime sized stain at the top of the front flap on the edge and some light shelf wear on the back cover. Newbery Honor sticker on the front cover. DJ is wrapped in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 00811Mc-jg

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Title: Moorchild

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Brought up as one of the Moorfolk--small beings who live in a cavern beneath the moor--young Moql finds her life abruptly changed when the Folk discover she cannot make herself invisible to humans. The Folk cast her out, exchanging her for a human baby they can raise as a servant, and Moql becomes Saaski, a changling child. Struggling to fit into village life, Saaski's final comprehension of who she is and what she must do make a mooving story with contemporary parallels.

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Grade 4-6?This well-written novel incorporates elements of folklore into an examination of society's response to those who are perceived as different. The plot centers on the experiences of Saaski, a changeling who was cast out by the "Folk" because of her human father. While she does not initially recall her past life, persecution by the villagers eventually rekindles her memories and fires her resolve to rescue the human child for whom she was exchanged. Aided in her quest by Tam, an orphan who accepts her oddness and cherishes her friendship, Saaski is ultimately successful and thus repays the kindness of her "foster" family by returning their daughter to them. Some readers may find Saaski's cruel treatment by the villagers upsetting and her future with Tam unsettlingly vague, but both are consistent with McGraw's clear intention of using her novel to expose peoples' prejudices and emphasize the importance of being true to oneself. While this unusual blend of fantasy and contemporary concerns may not find a wide audience, the quality of McGraw's writing ensures that for those, like Tam, who can appreciate the unusual, The Moorchild will truly be a magical find.?Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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