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Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. June 7, 2016. Netgalley. MG.
Grayling’s world is turned upside down when her mother, Hannah Strong, a hedge witch is cursed by someone and rooted to the ground. Someone has stolen her grimoire. Grayling who has never ventured out on her own before becomes a carrier of her remaining potions. A task that quickly becomes complicated when a mouse eats them and becomes a shapeshifter bound to Grayling. Grayling is searching for the old ones, those who might help her mother. What she finds is nothing expected.
This was a cute tale with a charm all its own. Nothing too scary, just a touch of magic. Watching Poof, the mouse, change from a goat to a bird and other creatures is fun and often happens at the least opportune time. When Grayling finds those who mother spoke of, a weather witch, an enchantress, a magician, and a pouty girl adventures take place that is harrowing for all. Could these four really be the ones to help her bring down the curse and rescue what has become Hannah’s grimoire?
I very much enjoyed Karen Cushman’s writing. It was like sitting down to an afternoon tea with a friend to hear a good story. I think children will be delighted with this adventure. I do get the feeling that there’s more to Grayling’s story than this book, especially with the ending. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Cushman in the future.