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The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw

The Moorchild (original 1996; edition 2006)

by Eloise McGraw

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Title:The Moorchild
Authors:Eloise McGraw
Info:Aladdin (2006), Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:In My Room, Your library

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The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw (1996)

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This book made me so mad, but in a good way. I always struggle with unreasoning hatred like that evinced by the villagers and I just wanted to throw things at them (probably not a helpful response in the long run, huh?). Moql's situation works as a metaphor for any child who is an outsider, but works particularly well for those straddling multiple cultures. Also, this is a great fantasy as well with lots of details to flesh out the world McGraw has created - it might even appeal to fans of historical fiction with its medieval setting.

Listened to Recorded Books CD edition narrated by Virginia Leishman. The colloquial language really came alive when being read aloud. ( )
  JenJ. | Mar 31, 2013 |
Favorite book of all time. Speaks to the heart. ( )
  AndreaByrnes | Aug 5, 2011 |
I found this book at Goodwill and thought it looked interesting enough to buy for 70 cents. I ended up really liking it. It's terribly sad for a children's book, but I think it has a good message and does a good job of making you see things from a different point of view. Most of the characters are one dimensional, but it fits with the storyline. The main characters are interesting and have depth. The storyline is well thought out and complex for a children's book. McGraw did a good job of using the character's diction to give the storyline a neat feel of being transported to a different time and place. The pacing of the story could be slow at times, but overall it was fine. Overall, I would recommend this book and I'm kinda sad that there isn't a sequel. ( )
  ladonna37 | Apr 6, 2011 |
This story is about a child named Saaski that is born half human and half folk. She feels like a outcast around the whole village, when the whole village knows that there is something different about Saaski. The village people told the grandmother that if she doesn't get Saaski out of the village the village will. So the grandmother takes Saaski out of the village to a place where she could live the rest of her life in comfort.

This story was interesting and well written, I enjoyed reading this book and want to read morefrom this writer. The art work of the cover was really good, this book will give any child the means to want to read more from this writer.

In the classroom this book would have to read for older students around the grade of 4 to 6. This book was long most children would like a long book, but some would want a more shorter book to start with. Have each student write a short story of their own and share it with the class. ( )
  amymonjeau | Nov 12, 2010 |
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  ssadar | Aug 14, 2010 |
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Changeling: an ugly, stupid or strange child superstitiously believed to have been left by fairies in place of a pretty, charming child.
-Random House Dictionary, Unabridged Ed.
The fairies' normal method was to steal an unchristened child, who had not been given the proper protection, out of the cradle and to leave a substitute in its place. . . .The true changelings are those fairy creatures who replace the stolen babies.
-An Encyclepedia of Fairies by Katherine Briggs
To all children who have ever felt different.
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It was Old Bess, the Wise Woman of the village, who first suspected that the baby at her daughter's house was a changeling.
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Feeling that she is neither fully human nor "Folk," a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.

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