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In her first novel for middle-grade readers, bestselling author Alice Hoffman tells a bewitching story of love and friendship that is truly magical.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I loved Nightbird. Such a clever mix of fantasy and reality; the fantasy is so persuasively meshed with the story that the reader accepts everything. Alice Hoffman enters brilliantly into the twelve-year-old mind and winds her account of a disordered family into the twists and turns of an elegantly crafted narrative in which past and present unite to solve a magically intriguing problem of witches, feathers, and owls.”

    Penelope Lively, Carnegie Medal and Booker Prize–winning author

  • “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

  • “Jenna Lamia’s performance conveys the mystery and beauty in this tale about a young girl who must balance her family secret with trying to discover the monster that lives in her small town. Lamia’s portrayal of Twig is spot-on, with high tones that capture the twelve-year-old’s curiosity and a softened voice and deliberate pacing that convey her ability to temper her open-mindedness with logic. Other characters are also effectively represented as Lamia’s stirring range of voices highlights their personalities and relationships with one another—especially the heartfelt bonds between Twig, her brother, and her mother. Lamia’s narration brings out the haunting qualities of the story without becoming frightening, making this a suitable and engaging listening experience for older children. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Once again, Hoffman works her magic to transport readers to a realm where enchantment intermingles with everyday realities…The book’s evocative setting and distinctive characters will immediately hook readers, and the history of Twig’s family, uncovered bit by bit, will keep them engaged. The risks Twig takes in reaching out to the Hall sisters bring gratifying rewards and unexpected connections to others in the community.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hoffman juggles multiple themes: an environmental thread, with a focus on the rare owls in the woods around Twig’s home; a broken family thread (Twig hasn’t seen or heard from her father since she was a toddler); a friendship tale of outsiders finding each other; along with bits of romance, curses, and magic…[A] spunky protagonist…[and a] magical story.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The mix of romance and magic is irresistible and the tension, compelling. With the help of friends and through a series of self-realizations and discoveries, Twig grows more self-assured. She is certain she knows how to change the curse. In so doing, Twig not only changes James’ fate but her own, for the first time feeling the fullness of family, friends and hope for the future. Enchanting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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