The Next Full Moon by Carolyn Turgeon,
a retelling of “The Swan Maiden”
This thoroughly compelling, gorgeously told tale,
begins as the weather turns warm enough to
swim in the local lake, twelve-year-old Ava
is looking forward to a lazy summer, and her crush,
Jeff is most definitely taking notice of her.
Everything is going beautifully.
Until Ava starts to grow feathers—all over her
shoulders, arms, and back.
Horrified, mortified, and clad in a hoodie,
she hides out in her bedroom missing her dead
mother and worrying about the summer,
and the rest of her freakish life…
Carolyn Turgeon has a gift for imagining magical
worlds. In Ava’s case, this other-worldly place
belongs to the Swan Maidens, one of whom is Ava’s mother.
Ava goes back and forth between middle school
and this magical realm taking the reader
along for an exhilarating, extraordinary ride.