The Memory Thief

S. & S./Aladdin. (Thirteen Witches: Bk. 1). Feb. 2021. 336p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481480215.
Gr 4-8–Growing up with an indifferent mother, Rosie quickly learns to take care of herself and find the love she seeks in her own stories, which she shares with her best friend. When she decides that she is too old for storytelling, she unknowingly opens up her inherited power of “sight.” Rosie comes from a long line of witch hunters who have the ability to see deeper into the world around them. She learns of witches, ghosts, a moon goddess, and how dangerous her life may become. Coming face-to-face with one of the 13 original witches, Rosie has to learn her place and powers in this new world. Anderson weaves a beautiful tale of beauty and darkness. This larger world is described eloquently in its magical details and terrifying dangers. Readers will come to understand the importance of love, friendship and imagination, while being warned against those who feed off of these good parts of the world. This first book in a new series ends on an intriguing note for future titles.
VERDICT For fans of Cornelia Funke’s “Inkheart” and Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon, fantasy fans will have much to enjoy with this one.

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