The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw
Age Range: 9 – 12 years | Grade Level: 4 – 7 | Paperback: 256 pages | Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (December 26, 2006)
About the Moorchild
Half moorfolk and half human, and unable to shape-shift or disappear at will, Moql threatens the safety of the Band. So the Folk banish her and send her to live among humans as a changeling. Named Saaski by the couple for whose real baby she was swapped, she grows up taunted and feared by the villagers for being different, and is comfortable only on the moor, playing strange music on her bagpipes.
As Saaski grows up, memories from her forgotten past with the Folks slowly emerge. But so do emotions from her human side, and she begins to realize the terrible wrong the Folk have done to the humans she calls Da and Mumma. She is determined to restore their child to them, even if it means a dangerous return to the world that has already rejected her once.
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My Thoughts on The Moorchild
One of my favorite books from my childhood is The Moorchild. It’s a beautifully told story about a young girl that doesn’t fit in anywhere. The Folk people give her up because she is half human, and the humans are suspicious of her because she is different. The villagers’ dislike of Moql (Saaski) becomes stronger as the story progresses and as she learns more about where she came from.
I think that most children can relate to Saaski. At some point in almost everyone’s life, they feel left out, excluded, or different from everyone else. Saaski is a fantastic heroine. She is complex, intelligent and brave. She develops a wonderful sense of self-awareness throughout the book, and comes to love herself for who she is.
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