Saturday, 12 April 2014

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

“In an iridescent sparkle of frosted light he appeared, a huge white bear, shifting and shimmering into solid form.”

The bear came to her house. I can’t tell you her name because you find it out much later in the book. She has dreamt of him many times so she didn’t find it scary. Her father wrote for a newspaper and some of the new rulers didn’t like what he was writing. So her family had to go to another country. The bear says that if she goes with him, her family will get out of the mess they are in...

The book is magical in its story and magical to read. A girl, against the world, looking for her love. A magical world of animals, Winds, castles, troll queens, and a real girl. The writing is beautiful and exciting at the same time.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln 2013) is for seven and a half year olds to about ten year olds because I don’t think anyone younger would understand it much because it is about hunting for love. This book is one of the best I have read, along with Rooftoppers. I would like to ask Jackie Morris if she thinks that children and adults will feel  differently about the ending.

Jackie Morris (in the middle in the picture below) replies:

I think everyone who reads it will feel a little differently about the ending. But maybe it's not an ending but a new beginning. Maybe the characters will stay with you and you might wonder how he is, the bear prince, and what she is doing? Does she still feel the wind under her wings? And what of the castle that lies in that place, East of the Sun, West of the moon? Who lives there now and do flowers carpet the whole land around making it look as if snow has fallen? on East of the Sun, West of the Moon


Alongside The Executioner's Daughter, Rooftoppers is still possibly the best book of all. Click on Older Posts to read about it.