Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman has written another fantastic book in ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN Meggy is summoned to London by her father who abandoned her before she was even born. She grew up with an unloving mother but loving and caring grandmother. He is an alchemist searching for the elixir of life and barely pays attention to Meggy disappointed that she is crippled and not a boy. Cushman makes London sound like a horrible place to be as trash and chamber pots are dumped in the streets. People yell at Meggy assuming she is cursed by the devil because she needs walking sticks. However, Meggy is a strong and resourceful girl and manages to earn pennies to feed herself and makes new friends. Another gem from Cushman. I read this as an ebook courtesy of netgalley and have purchased it for my library. It will be highly recommended.


Emily said...

Dear Mrs. Katz,

What you wrote makes me think this book is sad. I think I would enjoy reading it.

Emily Nguyen

Goldenlibrarylady said...


To think neither your mother nor father want you is sad. To be so poor and neglected is also sad. But read the book and then let's talk about how you feel.

Mrs. Katz