Review: Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman

The Book Wars


Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Clarion Books
Source: Raincoast Books

Grayling is what could perhaps be termed a witch-in-training. She lives with her rather oppressive mother some distance outside a village. The village all come to Grayling’s mama for their ailments whether they be heartaches or backaches. One day while Grayling is out gathering herbs for her mother, calamity befalls them. Their house is destroyed, her mother’s grimoire is stolen and her mother is turned into a tree. A talking tree but a tree nonetheless. At her mother’s urging, Grayling, in spite of her own worries and insecurities, sets off to find help, her mother’s grimoire, and a way to turn things back to normal.

She meets a witch, a witch’s apprentice, a wizard, and an enchantress on her travels. Soon, they are all traveling together in an attempt to unravel the dark spell that has turned…

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