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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
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The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw (1996)

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Lovely description and immersion into medieval Scotland. I was fascinated by the way McGraw gradually revealed the attributes and customs of the Folk of the moors. Most of all, I loved coming to an understanding of the most basic difference between the Folk and the humans--ability to feel lasting emotional attachment, hate, and love. For a while I wondered whether the story might have gone better if the readers weren't let in on Saaski's secret from the very beginning; the mystery could have been enhanced. But that would have left less time to learn about the Folk, which is very interesting. ( )
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
Nice story from the point of view of a girl who is half fae/human. Exchanged for a human child, she hates her new home until she realizes that if she doesn't try to fit in her fate could be worse. The villagers never do like her, but her parents dote on her, not willing to believe she isn't their own baby. She forgets her past "under the Mound", learns about human emotions, and then has an encounter which brings it all back.
Good lesson on maturing. I like stories which have children who love the outdoors {Saaski keeps escaping her chores by going to the moors.) ( )
  juniperSun | Nov 16, 2014 |
This is one of my favorite books about the faerie world. I love the way myth, fairy tale, reality, and enchantment are woven to tell the tale of a misbegotten child. The author tells the familiar tale of children who don't fit in and the cruelty of others. But, she does so with lyrical language and fantasy. It isn't your typical happy ending, it's an ending that makes sense. Anyone who loves faeries should not miss this one. ( )
  LEANN2800 | Jun 24, 2014 |
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 |
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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
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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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