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Backwards Moon
by Mary Losure

Trade Binding | 144 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823431601 | 08-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FOURTH | Age: 7 to 10

Themes: Fantasy, Family & Relationships, Adventure
Recommendations: C, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W. 5.1, 1a, 3, 3a-e, 9, 9a
SL. 5.1,1a-d, 2-4, 6
RF. 5.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c
L. 5.3, 3a, 4, 4a-c, 5, 5a, 5c, 6
L. 5.3, 3a, 4, 4a-c, 5, 5a, 5c, 6
RL. 5.1-5, 9, 10

About the Book
In this magical story, two fledgling witches must save their village from from the threat of encroaching human civilization.

Bracken and Nettle are the last young witches in the valley. Their mothers disappeared years ago in search of the secret Door to a world without humans, leaving the girls in the care of thirteen ancient witches. When the magical veil that protects their valley from humans is broached and the Wellspring Water needed to repair it is polluted, it is up to the girls to save the coven. The Door to the other world lies in the city, where witches suffer The Fading. Only young witches can resist The Fading long enough to stand a chance of finding the Door. Seeking stones, a wishing necklace, a wily raccoon, human Witchfriends, and their lost mothers help Bracken and Nettle on their quest. But it is thanks to their own courage, fledgling magic, and loving hearts that all ends well in this utterly enchanting novel.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is a quest? What is the quest of Nettle and Bracken? What challenges do they face, and how do they overcome those challenges? RL.1, 2, 3, 4
2. Give examples of how Nettle and Bracken demonstrate courage throughout the story? RL.1, 2, 3
3. How do the young witches save Witchkind? How is the theme reflected through character behaviors and elements of plot? What is the theme(s) of the story, and how do you connect personally? RL.3-4.1, 2, 3 / W.3-4.4, 9
4. Find examples of figurative language including simile, metaphor, and personification in the text. RL.3-4.4, 5