Scholastic. Sept. 2022. 272p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338636598.
Gr 4-7–Moonflower wants to be happy, but it feels an impossible when so many hate them without even knowing them. It is only when Moonflower journeys outside their body to the spirit world at night that they find peace. The spirit world houses their best friend and protector Wolf, as well as a tantalizing promise of a way out from all of Moonflower’s pain and suffering. But when Moonflower makes a mistake, all things and creatures they love are threatened with destruction. In a tale that is a nuanced blend of otherworldly fantasy with the realistic inner struggles of mental illness, Moonflower’s sorrows and triumphs will have readers weeping and cheering along.
VERDICT Callender’s latest is a powerful journey, teaching true self-love and acceptance in a way that is directly accessible for young readers. Highly recommended for purchase.

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