Nightbird (Hardcover)

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Twig lives in Sidwell, Massachusetts where the sweetest pink apples grow, where black owls live, and where rumors persist that a mysterious winged creature once lived in the town. Two hundred years ago a witch placed a curse on Twig's family and this summer, when the red moon rises, it is time to break the spell and for everything to change. The world of Sidwell is powerful not only in the fantastic but in the ordinary everyday chores like planting a garden or the making of a proper pie crust. Nightbird is a charming, magical tale of love and friendship told by the extraordinary Alice Hoffman.

— From Holiday Picks 2015


Bestselling author Alice Hoffman's bewitching Nightbird is perfect for ages 10-13: love and friendship empower a lonely girl to embrace her uniqueness and discover her strengths.

Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig's family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change when the red moon rises. It's time to break the spell.

Nominated for:
The Great Stone Face Award (NH)
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (Illinois)
The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland)

"Hoffman reminds us that there are secrets everywhere . . . Nightbird soars."
--The New York Times

"Alice Hoffman has a gift for melding magic and realism in a way that makes nearly anything seem possible."
--Shelf Awareness, Starred

"The mix of romance and magic is irresistible."
--Kirkus Reviews

What Other Authors Are Saying
"I love the way Alice Hoffman creates the most ordinary people and then turns their lives magical. . . . Nightbird] is like reentering a wonderful dream that you vaguely remember." --Lois Lowry, two-time Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty bestselling works of fiction, including Practical Magic, a major motion picture; Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club selection; the highly praised historical novel The Dovekeepers; and, most recently, The Museum of Extraordinary Things. Her books for teens include Green Angel, Green Witch, Incantation, The Fortelling, and Aquamarine, also a major motion picture, starring Emma Roberts. Visit her online at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385389587
ISBN-10: 0385389582
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Pages: 208
Language: English