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Book Review: FLUTTER by Erin Moulton

Big things are about the happen at Maple's house. Mama's going to have a baby, which means now there will be four Rittle sisters instead of just three. But when baby Lily is born too early and can't come home from the hospital, Maple knows it's up to her to save her sister. So she and Dawn, armed with a map and some leftover dinner, head off down a river and up a mountain to find the Wise Woman who can grant miracles. Now it's not only Lily’s survival that they have to worry about, but also their own. The dangers that Maple and Dawn encounter on their journey makes them realize a thing or two about miracles–and about each other.

FLUTTER is one of those quiet, warm middle grade novels that you need to read with a cup of cocoa and a fuzzy blanket. Although the book starts out slow, Maple’s descriptions are so beautiful that the reader is willing to forgive the pace. The journey itself is patchworked with magical realism as Dawn and Maple search for the legendary Wise Woman and the healing waters she keeps in her woods. It sounds cheesy, but the real magic is in the sisters’ relationship and the way they learn to love and respect each other.

Moulton is a talented writer, but she seemed unsure of Maple’s voice throughout the book. Sometimes Maple’s descriptions were literary and poetic; sometimes they were colloquial, a little more immature. It was somewhat jarring, as if Moulton was writing two different characters and trying to decide which one would dominate the story. Still, I feel like this is an issue that Moulton will resolve with time and experience, and FLUTTER remains a wonderful middle grade debut.

FLUTTER will be published May 12, 2011 by Philomel.
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  1. My sisters helped me through the roughest patches of childhood, which has turned me into a lover of sisterly fiction today. Even with the caveats, I'll likely have to check this out from the library based on your description of this tale!

  2. I certainly want to read the first few pages to see if I want to go on. Great cover


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