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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (2017)

by Jessica Townsend

Other authors: James Madsen (Illustrator)

Series: Nevermoor {Jessica Townsend} (1)

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"A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society"--
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  MagpieBricolage | Jul 17, 2021 |
Okay so I don't write this very often but this series of books could be the next Harry Potter as the stories are are peppered with many similarities. Poor child (Morrigan) neglected by her family who are characters in themselves...in M's case she is the Cursed Child who is blamed for everything horrible that happens in the town and has to write apology letters to people for cursing them. Rescued from her terrible life not by a giant called Hagrid but by a funny Willy Wonka type figure called Jupiter North. Through a magical portal (not on a train station) but a clock face, to a world called Nevermoor where she catches a coach to a magical school. At the school she and her cautious friends from the same coach must endure four trails to be able to stay as a citizen of Nevermoor as technically Jupiter smuggled her in to the world. While in Nevermoor, M lives at Jupiters' magical hotel where the rooms change according to the "mood/vibe" of the situation...i.e....it changes its furnishings to be comfortable when M is settled.
There are loads of quirky characters that help populate the world of Nevermoor. First in a short series of three books.
  nicsreads | Jul 14, 2021 |
Morrigan Crow was supposed to die on her eleventh birthday. She is cursed, but is rescued by the colorful Jupiter North, who is an explorer, member of the Wundrous Society, magnificent hotelier, and a bit of a trouble maker. He takes "Mog" to the city of Nevermoor in the Free States, making a home for her at his hotel, the Deucalion. A great but sometimes vexing mentor/sponsor for Morrigan, Jupiter convinces her she is not cursed, and can succeed to join the elite Wundrous Society. To do this, she needs to pass four challenging trials that will determine if she has it in her to be part of something bigger than herself: only nine candidates succeed each year from a pool of 500 .

Morrigan is brave despite her fears, kind despite the treatment she has received from her father and stepmother, and has a wonderful sense of both imagination and humor, making her a likable character. Her greatest desire is to have friends and a family, and her first friendship with Hawthorn, the dragon rider is adorable. The tension mounts as Morrigan makes a startling discovery about the evil, banned Wundersmith, and the looming final trial, which showcases every candidate's unique talent, which Morrigan does not know. If she loses, she will be banned from Nevermoor by the Stink (police.) A good fantasy, but long read for middle schoolers. I especially liked the Brollie transportation system.
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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Great story ( )
  Tishyy | Jun 12, 2021 |
Absolutely loved it. Maybe it's not ground-breaking, but quirky and so well-written. The hype is well-deserved. ( )
  Griffin22 | Jun 7, 2021 |
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