The Resource Over the moon, Natalie Lloyd

Over the moon, Natalie Lloyd

Label
Over the moon
Title
Over the moon
Statement of responsibility
Natalie Lloyd
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
To save her younger brother from being forced to work in the mines, twelve-year-old Mallie pretends to be a boy and learns to ride and train flying horses
Character
Review
  • Grades 3-6 /* Starred Review */ Life in Coal Top has been bleak since the Dust came and smudged out the stars and moon. This murky sky is all Mallie Ramble has ever known, but she’s heard stories of a magical time when the mountain people wove starlight rather than slaving in mines and cleaning the valley folks’ homes. Her family receives a shock when imposing Guardians barge into their home one night, searching for Mallie’s little brother, Denver. The Rambles are granted a brief reprieve to come up with the formidable sum of 5,000 feathersworth, or else Denver will be taken to work in the mines. Serendipity arrives in the form of a crumpled invitation that Mallie finds, seeking intrepid boys for dangerous adventures—and “riches untold.” Tucking her hair beneath a hat, Mallie goes to the meeting, determined to save her brother and prove she’s as brave and capable as any boy. A series of secret missions await the recruits, involving monsters, flying horses, gold dust, and unsettling truths. Strong themes of friendship and loyalty drive Lloyd’s (A Snicker of Magic, 2014) story, which soars under Mallie’s heroic lead. Her fiery and bighearted nature pierce the Dust and deceit covering Coal Top, and her physical disability never holds her back. Rather, she bravely proves that questions have power and one’s story can be reshaped. -- Julia Smith (Reviewed 3/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 13, p56)
  • A 12-year-old struggles as her family’s sole breadwinner until a dangerous opportunity offers financial freedom. Mallie Ramble manages her work as a maid in the valley just fine, though her employer condescends to her about her artificial arm, an orange “Popsnap” in “a universal color that fits everybody.” Above the valley, Mallie’s dust-covered home on Coal Top is ruled by malevolent authorities who threaten to force Mallie’s beloved seven-year-old brother into the mines. When a flyer calls for “fellers” (“orphans preferred”) “unafraid to ride and race and fly in the fear of certain death,” Mallie bravely volunteers to fly Starbirds—airborne horses—and collect gold dust from distant mountaintops. The bond between Mallie and her Starbird, Leo, proves strong as an evil plot comes to light, as does her chemistry with her best friend Adam and the horse trainer Iggy. Though characterization can feel flimsy, Lloyd (The Key to Extraordinary) deftly sketches oppressive social and economic circumstances and firmly establishes Mallie’s bravery. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/14/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 2, p)
  • A girl with a missing arm must question everything she knows to save her brother. The poverty-stricken citizens of Coal Top, high atop Forgotten Mountain, must "live the stories [they're] given." Once upon a time, Weavers wove wonderful dreams from starlight—until clouds of mood-darkening Dust blotted the stars. Now, by order of the ruling, all-male Guardians, boys must labor in the mines Down Below, and girls become maids for rich valley families. But 12-year-old Mallie Ramble, a self-described "fire-popper in a glass jar" with an orange prosthetic arm (a "universal color" that matches no one's actual skin tone), vows to save her sweet-as-pie little brother from laboring Down Below to pay the Rambles' debts. With remarkable luck, Mallie joins a group of "brave and wiry young fellers" invited to risk their lives on flying horses for chances at "riches untold." Her realistic self-consciousness must become self-confidence, however, when she discovers a nefarious plot. Despite occasionally lyrical turns of phrase, Lloyd ultimately leaves little for readers to imagine. Heroes are as distinct from villains as starlight is from Dust; the simplistic contrast of pure good and pure evil turns the ending trite and cloyingly sweet. Though Mallie says she's "met all kinds of people, who look all kinds of different ways," racial distinctions are largely unspoken; a gender-nonconforming secondary character with two different-colored eyes is 3 feet tall. The themes of facing fears and questioning authority are laudable, but even a feisty disabled narrator on a flying horse can't quite soar over their heavy-handed execution. (Fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10760996
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lloyd, Natalie
Dewey number
FIC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 08-12
  • 03-07
  • 600L
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gold mines and mining
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Magic
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Over the moon, Natalie Lloyd
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Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9781338118490
Lccn
bl2019007700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Over the moon, Natalie Lloyd
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9781338118490
Lccn
bl2019007700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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