The Next Full Moon

The Next Full Moon is a Book Once upon a time an almost year old girl is on her way to enjoying a day at the lake when she begins to sprout feathers Is she a freak Or is there something s

The Next Full Moon is a Book Once upon a time, an almost 13 year old girl is on her way to enjoying a day at the lake when she begins to sprout feathers. Is she a freak? Or is there something special about her?I honestly didn't realize that this was a juvenile/middle reader book until I started reading it (though I had a good idea it was when I bought it, based on the price). I don't typically read a whole lot of books from this age group for whatever reason, so reading something for the tween set was an interesting departure and also a great learning experience.This is a book that I think tweens (9 - 12 girls, because the main character is a girl and there is a lot of talk about boys and kissing, which I don't think most boys the same age would care about, though I am probably wrong) would probably adore. In fact, I would probably recommend this book to a tween girl who isn't too hot on reading to get her started on the addiction.The characters felt fairly realistic. I say "fairly" because it has been awhile since I was almost 13 and because a lot of the things Ava and Morgan talk about/do weren't things that I did. For instance, Ava is pretty boy crazy over Jeff Jackson. At some points, it threatens to dominate the story and turn this into a typical contemporary romance. Now, I do think the romance was age appropriate and well-done (not too much dramatics you wouldn't expect in the early teens/late tweens), but I really wanted to focus more on Ava and her feathers (and Ava's mother). Another thing that felt weird to me was how easy it was for Ava to deceive her father about the feathers and how she didn't want to talk to him about them. I know that if I were in Ava's shoes, the first person I would have told would have been my parent, especially my only living parent who has cared for me since I was 3. But I don't want to come down too harshly on Ava; she really is a good girl who tries to do the right thing, even though some of her logic fails (such as not going with just any stranger at night, but then opening the door to said stranger when she is alone at home--I would definitely recommend parents discussing this with any tweens reading this book).The relationship between Ava and Morgan was also refreshing. I liked how Ava had a real female friend--even if Ava does go on and on at times about how annoying Morgan is (though I tried to imagine it more as a playful banter than Ava being REALLY upset about Morgan). I thought some of the other relationships could have been brought into more focus. Ava and her grandmother were great, but we only get two relatively small scenes. Same with Ava and her dad (which does tread that interesting, challenging "Not a girl, not a woman" stage you would expect in someone about to turn 13). As for the whole "mean girls" thing--saying that Jennifer Halverson is a mean girl and having her say a few things that are slightly mean does not make a very good antagonist.The story is ostensibly about Ava growing feathers, but there are times when this thread disappears for other side stories--and this book is not even 200 pages long. I would definitely have liked to see about 100 pages more detailing more of Ava coming to grips with her feathers and her newfound history because I definitely enjoyed those parts. The other side stories either got to be too long (Jeff Jackson) or skimmed over (Ava's birthday party). When only a week has passed and we are at the halfway point, I knew that Turgeon would likely have to start skipping time to get to the birthday party (skipping over the all-important exams and how Ava did on them) and that is exactly what happens. Exams happen; Jeff and Ava are an item; and so on and so forth (there was a time that it seemed the plot had disappeared). The actual birthday party that has been building up to be a big thing ends up being glossed over and suddenly, we scream into the ending, breathlessly wondering what has happened.One of the biggest "problems" I, as an almost 30 year old woman (God, I feel old), had with this book was the lack of a driving force. There is no "bad guy", there is no world that needs saving, no MacGuffin to be found, no evil force to be defied. On one hand, I liked this; sometimes, I get tired of some character having to Save the World from Vaguely Defined EVUL. And I do like character studies, and I think this book is trying to be more of a character study than ACTION ADVENTURE CHASE GO GO GO! But, like I said earlier, there are times when it seems the plot disappears, and I am sitting there, wondering, "Why am I reading this to the end again? What is the big payout I am looking for?"I really was impressed with Turgeon's writing. Somehow, it balanced between being poetic and pretty and appropriate for the intended age group. As an adult, I didn't feel like I was being talked down to too much, and there were definitely some passages that were breathtaking to read.Thinking back on this book, I really think your enjoyment of this novel will come down to A) your age and B) your expectations. My review may seem a bit critical, but that is just to an adult's eyes. I think tweens would really love this book; I would almost love to give this to my almost 13 year-old self because I think she would ADORE it. And as long as an adult realizes that this is a juvenile novel with less complicated issues, I think even adults could enjoy this. So when you see that three stars above my review, don't run away immediately from this book. Check it out if you can and see if it suits your fancy.. This thoroughly compelling, gorgeously told tale, begins as the weather turns warm enough to swim in the local lake, twelve year old Ava is looking forward to a lazy summer, and her crush, Jeff is most definitely taking notice of her Everything is going beautifully Until Ava starts to grow feathers all over her shoulders, arms, and back Horrified, mortified, and clad inThis thoroughly compelling, gorgeously told tale, begins as the weather turns warm enough to swim in the local lake, twelve year old Ava is looking forward to a lazy summer, and her crush, Jeff is most definitely taking notice of her Everything is going beautifully Until Ava starts to grow feathers all over her shoulders, arms, and back Horrified, mortified, and clad in a hoodie, she hides out in her bedroom missing her dead mother and worrying about the summer, and the rest of her freakish life Carolyn Turgeon has a gift for imagining magical worlds In Ava s case, this other worldly place belongs to the Swan Maidens, one of whom is Ava s mother Ava goes back and forth between middle school and this magical realm taking the reader along for an exhilarating, extraordinary ride.. A viral Ebook The Next Full Moon Fast read. It can be finished within about an hour & a half with only 185 pages. Maybe less. I finished in one sitting. The story reminded me of the fairy tale of the girl and her swan brothers. I can't recall the name. My memory fails me, but I recall reading it when I was little. In this modern story, summer is just beginning for Ava, and with it comes the interest of the cute boy at school. Just as everything seems to be falling in place for her, she wakes one morning to a single floating feather. Must've come from her pillow, right? But soon more feathers appear, and with a sickly, prickly feeling...in front of the boyfriend, no less... she discovers she is sprouting feathers. Swan feathers. What's a girl to do when she still has a little bit of school left and a new boyfriend? And why is this happening to HER?Sweet, short story. Modern fairy tale. This would've been better if it'd been a little longer and better developed. But short and sweet with a tad of teen angst will do. It's also set up for a possible sequel. It will be interesting to find out. Interest group would be middle grades/ages 9 & up.

About Author

  1. Carolyn Turgeon is the author of five novels Rain Village, Godmother The Secret Cinderella Story, Mermaid, The Fairest of Them All, and The Next Full Moon, most of them based on old time fairy tales, dark and glimmering and, recently, The Faerie Handbook, which came out from HarperCollins in November 2017 and might be the loveliest book printed this century This will be followed by the equally curvaceous The Mermaid Handbook in May 2018 She s also also the editor in chief of Faerie Magazine, a quarterly print publication that the NY Times called what would happen if Spenser s The Faerie Queene and Martha Stewart Living had a magazine baby Visit Carolyn s website at carolynturgeon and Faerie Magazine atfaeriemag

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  1. Once upon a time, an almost 13 year old girl is on her way to enjoying a day at the lake when she begins to sprout feathers Is she a freak Or is there something special about her I honestly didn t realize that this was a juvenile middle reader book until I started reading it though I had a good idea it was when I bought it, based on the price I don t typically read a whole lot of books from this age group for whatever reason, so reading something for the tween set was an interesting departure an [...]


  2. Fast read It can be finished within about an hour a half with only 185 pages Maybe less I finished in one sitting The story reminded me of the fairy tale of the girl and her swan brothers I can t recall the name My memory fails me, but I recall reading it when I was little In this modern story, summer is just beginning for Ava, and with it comes the interest of the cute boy at school Just as everything seems to be falling in place for her, she wakes one morning to a single floating feather Must [...]


  3. The story wasn t bad, but it felt like an introduction to what could have been an amazing saga I know this book is intended for much younger readers, but you are really left hanging at the end of the story.The story follows a young twelve year old girl who s about to turn 13 and notices that she s growing feathers in her body Of course, she freaks out and as she tries to figure out what s happening to her, she still goes through her normal transition period of having a crush on the popular kid [...]


  4. Awesome Absolutely loved it I kinda wish it was not a YA book simply cause then it would be longer None the less a thoroughly sweet fairy tale esque coming of age story about a 12 year old girl who starts to grow feathers to tell any would give it away Big smile on my face





  5. Loved the cover art and the idea behind the story but it was too much like living in a 12 year old s head Which I guess it who it was written for.


  6. great book definitely for of a teenage audience and there were so many questions left unanswered Has a similar feel to the Disney Channel Original Movie The Thirteenth Year in a way if you ve ever seen it you d get what I mean but loved the story line a little agitated with how whiny she got at a certain part but i pushed through What teenage girls don t get desperate and whine sometimes


  7. I purchased this book by mistake not realizing it was written for a MUCH younger reader That said it was cuterfect for that young lady in your life It was full of heart and whimsy


  8. I did not realize that this was juvenile fiction until I started reading, but it was still good Tween love is quite obnoxious, but Carolyn definitely portrayed it accurately, and I ll admit it was kinda cute For a middle grader, I think this is a good book However, I felt very underwhelmed by the ending There was this buildup about finally meeting her mom and then they mentioned her having to choose between the two worlds We never really meet her mom and it never comes to the point of choosing o [...]



  9. THE NEXT FULL MOON is Carolyn Turgeon s first non adult novel Last year, I reviewed both MERMAID and GODMOTHER for Fairy Tale Fortnight, and Carolyn took the time to participate in a great interview I was so excited when she told us that she was about to publish her first middle grade novel and have been looking forward to it ever since, because I loved her other two novels so much And I STILL need to find a copy of RAIN VILLAGE, the only book I haven t read by her.While THE NEXT FULL MOON isn t [...]


  10. Carolyn Turgeon is a master of fantasy and fairytales I absolutely loved her darker adult fairytale retellings Mermaid, Godmother The Secret Cinderella Story, and Fairest of All This book is targeted at a way younger audience, so it isn t nearly as powerful or mature, but it s still a fun, quick, one day read There s not all that much of a plot, and it reads as a beginning than an actual story I kept expecting a conflict to pop up when Ava tore her cape, when she lost it in the woods, something [...]


  11. Ava s a well written character she s a believable 12 year old, with her emotions sometimes on a bit of a rollercoaster, just over a boy she likes not to mention the whole feather thing Lucky for her, she s got a good best friend even if she s a bit odd at times , and a supportive father She s annoyingly impulsive at times, but at the same time, pretty thoughtful about what she begins to learn about the Swan Maidens I also liked how the author gives us a different twist on the whole growing older [...]


  12. A special radiance seems to emanate from this novel The prose swims dreamily from one description of glimmer to another Light, especially moonlight, plays such an integral part of this book that you almost expect the pages to glow in the dark It adds just the right touch to this story of swan maidens who seem to have a special link with the lunar orb that shines in the night sky.Ms Turgeon manages the tricky feat of capturing the character Ava s elusive mother, a fey creature who disappeared lon [...]


  13. I love Carolyn Turgeon s books, so I had to snatch up this book when I had the chance Some thoughts Like her other books, I finished reading this and felt at peace Ava reminded me of the fairy godmother in another one of Carolyn s books It is a book about transitions rather than a solid, action packed plot Believable characters and mindset for a 12 year old casual conversational writing mixed with poetic, descriptive phrases beautiful emotional endingMy only complaint is that the book itself fee [...]


  14. The Next Full Moon was the first book that I read freely By that, I mean it was not a story to be read for school I am utterly thankful that my sister gave this book to me Not only did I devour this book, it made me enjoy reading It destroyed my previous thoughts on books, which were quite negative.Now, onto the story I adored the magic in this book Carolyn Turgeon is an excellent writer and has a talent for creating details as clear as a crystal I was able to envision the magic impending Ava, a [...]


  15. The first book I read by Carolyn Turgeon was Mermaid and it was labeled as just a regular fiction, not teen or anything like that, so I wrongly assumed that all of her books were in that category This book is for ages 9 and up, but it was still a good book to read I appreciate the author taking old fairy tales that we all know this one is based off of swan lake and revamping them, but not totally changing the story It was a very good book and a very quick read and I cannot wait to read the rest [...]


  16. Ava Lewis is just about to turn 13 and school is almost out for the summer One trip to the lake with her best friend Morgan and her crush Jeff Jackson changed her whole world She starts to grow feathers.This is a beautiful, magical coming of age fairytale Reading this book was like riding a rainbow made of sunshine and candy I absolutly loved it I immediately gave it to my daughter to read, she is 10 I recommend this book for all those who are looking for some magic in their lives I have made pl [...]


  17. I received five free copies of this book from the publisher, and I can t wait to share it with my 8th grade students Fantasy and having a main character turn into a swan isn t usually my cup of tea, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying the storyline The moral of the story is to just enjoy who you are, even if you are different from the rest of the crowd I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens to the main character I also think that my students will enjoy the romance part of [...]


  18. This was a nice, easy read laced with lightheartedness and happy endings to break the monotony of our despairing and desparate world.I liked the Swan Maiden concept that Carolyn Turgeon brought to life, one which could most certainly evolve into a modern faerie tale Obviously, it s clear I enjoyed the book overall, but the story was too juvenile for my taste then again, I knew it would be But the writing was decent, the plot and setting were both well constructed and described And the last thing [...]


  19. Totally adorable.A fabulous book for 4th 10th grade maybe I read it EASILY in two nights a short story, a FAB coming of age book with some normal every day girl stuff and some paranormal, fun stuff.My 9 year old wanted to read it, so I did it first.Fun And I d totally read from this author.


  20. Interesting tweener novel think swan maidens instead of werewolves Not too graphic but spend some time on early adolescent relationships though it starts with an adult relationship Interesting read as a young girl struggles with her identity and her heritage 2013 IRA Intermediate Fiction nominee.


  21. This was a very interesting story I felt the author captured the angst and urgency of being a young girl on the verge of becoming a teenager The main character was changing literally and figurative It was a quick read and the story flowed quite nicely I enjoyed it, a very good back to school read for girls getting back to the grind of school.


  22. When Ava, a motherless girl, nears thirteen, she begins to grow feathers Ashamed at first, she tries to hide them, until she realizes the magical world they open up Girls will enjoy the way Ava blossoms as the story progresses, her hilarious best friend Morgan, their budding relationships with boys, and the fun they have planning her thirteenth birthday party.


  23. I bought this book with a bunch of other Carolyn turgerons not realizing it was a YA novel Unlike her other novels which have the fantasy element with twists and turns that make the reader uncomfortable which I like this was a cute kids book Ok, but not what I was looking for.


  24. I bought this book for a friends daughter and decided to give it a quick read It s about a girl going through the changes of awkward preteen to teenager, with a twist She learns she is a swan maiden.


  25. A very quick read No bad guy really so it was a bit dull it was really just about her coping with being a swan maiden A very happy go lucky innocent kind of book Great summer read for middle grade readers Still it had style and reminded me of the Swan Princess.


  26. This selection was a First Reads win.I love fairy tales Carolyn Turgeon puts a modern twist on a classic Ugly Duckling story Filled with teenage drama and middle school angst, it is a perfect selection for young adults.


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