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Shadows on the Moon. by Zo Marriott

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Zoe lives in North East Lincolnshire with two cats, named Echo and Hero, and the Devil Hound, otherwise known as Finn. She says of Shadows on the Moon, "I never liked Cinderella as a little girl. She seemed like the worst kind of wimp to me, and I hated the fact that she needed someone else to come along and rescue her. Then one day I was thinking about a completely different idea for a book set in fairy-tale Japan - and suddenly the two story ideas collided in my head, and it occurred to me: what if Cinderella wasn't a wimp at all? What if she was strong and brave - and out for revenge all along? And so Shadows on the Moon was born."


Gr 9 Up-Suzume, 16, is a shadow weaver-"one who can weave illusions from the threads of the world"-and recreate herself in any form. Her carefree life abruptly ends when her father is wrongly accused of being a traitor and is murdered. Suzume escapes using "the moon's gift." In exchange for protection and new identities, Suzume's mother marries Terayama-san, her father's best friend. However, after it is discovered that Suzume has overheard the secret whisperings between her mother and her tyrannical stepfather regarding his involvement as the mastermind behind her father's death, she must flee for her life. Suzume shadow weaves her way up society's ladder-from a lowly kitchen drudge to the coveted Shadow bride-with one goal in mind: revealing Terayama-san as a traitor and avenging her father's death. In doing so, she might have to forsake the love of her life and fellow shadow weaver, Otieno. Or does she? Zoe Marriott's riveting tale (Candlewick, 2012) puts a refreshing spin on the deadly game of cat and mouse whereby the mouse precisely calculates every small move to corner the cat. Amy Rubinate is solid in her narration of Suzume and offers subtle voice variations for the other characters. A great listen.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

This book is such a joy to read. It comes highly, highly recommended by me for lovers of Japanese culture, of fairy tale retellings, of strong female characters and of wonderful storytelling. * Fluttering Butterflies * As a fan of many aspects of Japanese culture, I was drawn to the description of this book, but it exceeded my expectations. The setting is well-realised and has obviously been researched in depth, but the reader is never subjected to a lecture on the subject. A real gem in the crossover young-adult genre and a good book for discussion in a reading group. * * Zoe's writing was also wonderful. It was simple but layered and was easy to follow but described everything perfectly and vivdly. Every emotion was raw and you could feel it through the pages, especially when Suzume was cutting (which, by the way, I loved the involvement of a very contemporary issue in a fantasy novel.) It was really good, and I must check out her other books. Shadows on the Moon is a beautiful, different retelling of Cinderella that you are not likely to forget for a while. At least I won't. * Cicely Loves Books * Marriott writes with limpid grace, cleverly transforming the Cinderella story to ancient Japan. * Books for Keeps * Marriott has created a lush, extraordinary world that grows better with every delicate layer she peels away. * A Backwards Story *

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