Moonchild, Voyage of the Lost and Found by Aisha Bushby

This is the weekly meme hosted by BookCraic celebrating amazing middle grade books. Join in with your own recommendations and add some wonderful books to your wish list.

How to Join In…

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle grade book which you have read and would recommend. Add publishing details as well as author and illustrator names.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence
  • Write three words to describe the book
  • Either share why you would recommend this book or link to your review
Written by Aisha Bushby, Illustrated by Rachael Dean, Published by Egmont

Favourite Sentence from Page 11… I am having to guess the page number again as this was read on my very old kindle. “I’ve not yet decided which part of this story to tell (because stories never start at the beginning and they never finish at the end), or if, indeed, I should be telling this story at all.”

Three Words to Describe this Book…Enchanting, Mystical, Female

Why I Recommend this book…This book has stayed with me beyond my reading of it. I was enthralled from the first page of meeting Amira and her Jinni, Namur. The promise of magic and mystical adventure was too great and I dove headlong into this adventure with Amira and her mothers aboard their dhow.
Interwoven with a narrator, storytelling and legends, it is a work of art!

Amira and Namur are linked together and when Amira feels angry, Namur takes the form of a cat. She tends to be quite angry and so is used to him being in cat form. When the family survive a storm, they limp into the Sahar Peninsula. Needing repairs, food and a chance to earn money, Dunya and Amira head to town to sell their tonics, tapestries and tarot readings. When she gets lost, Amira meets Leo and his Jinni, Semek.

Together they want to find out more about the Jinn, the storms that are increasing in the Sahar Peninsula and the storm bird appearing on the horizon. Leo loves science and uses his knowledge to form some hypothesis for them to investigate. Putting Amira’s navigational skills and Leo’s scientific knowledge together, they soon find clues to follow in order to learn more and solve the mysteries they encounter.

This book truly has something for everyone- magic in the form of sunken cities of brass, mysteries of the missing Jinn, learning about yourself and trusting in your abilities and sacrifices! There are also mermaids, midnight souks and attacks from the storm bird to survive.
The characters are amazing; Amira is a wonderful character, full of energy and love but needing to see through her anger. Leo, is a young boy in need of family and friends, and Amira’s mothers are both brave and true!

This is one adventure I will want to re-read and enjoy again and again. Rumour has it there is more to come from this cast of characters and I will be first in line to meet them again!

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