Me (Moth)

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Product Details

Price
$18.99  $17.47
Publisher
Feiwel & Friends
Publish Date
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.55 X 1.11 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781250780362

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About the Author

Amber McBride is an English professor at the University of Virginia and holds an MFA in poetry from Emerson College. Her poetry has been published in several literary magazines including Ploughshares and The Rumpus. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her dog, Shiloh. Me (Moth) is her young adult debut.

Reviews

This searing debut novel-in-verse is told from the perspective of Moth, a Black teen whose life changed forever the day a car crash killed her family. ... Each free verse poem is tightly composed, leading into the next for a poignant and richly layered narrative. The story builds softly and subtly to a perfect, bittersweet ending. Fans of Jacqueline Woodson won't be able to put this one down.--School Library Journal, starred review

McBride artfully weaves Black Southern Hoodoo traditions with those of the Navajo/DinΓ© people, creating a beautiful and cross-cultural reverence for the earth, its inhabitants, and our ancestors. Readers will be consumed with the weight of McBride's intentionality from road trip stops to the nuance of everything that goes unsaid. Written in verse, this novel is hauntingly romantic, refusing to be rushed or put down without deep contemplation of what it means to accept the tragedies of our lives and to reckon with the ways we metamorphosize as a result of them. --Booklist, starred review

If you think you know where this story is going, think again. Me (Moth) will surprise you. --BookPage, starred review

Written in gorgeous verse, Moth's painful story of heartbreak, connection, and learning to love again unfolds, thanks to a soul connection with cool guy Sani.--Girls Life Magazine

With unmatched lyrical writing and a powerful plot, McBride is an absolute must-read author.--Buzzfeed

Two years after a devastating car accident killed her family as they drove from New York to northern Virginia, aspiring dancer Moth, the Black granddaughter of a Hoodoo root worker, is still navigating the accident's fallout, which includes a mark on her face "as crisp as the tip of a whip from jaw to eye." Poignant free verse details her resignation to a "bland" existence in the suburbs....When a new student--talented Navajo musician Sani--shows up in her junior homeroom class, Moth finds a kindred spirit whose similarly painful past and physically abusive stepfather compound his depression. --Publishers Weekly

Recommended. McBride writes Moth's narration in spare, wistful free verse that reads like Francesca Lia Block in poetry or a fragile, emotional E. E. Cummings; Moth's pain at being "the guilty girl who lived" is keen and haunting, and the frequent evocation of her grandfather, a spiritual rootworker, adds a supernatural flavor. ... Readers may not see the poignant final twist coming, but it's a satisfying climactic development that will leave them dabbing their eyes and turning to their own art in hope and gratitude. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

Me (Moth) holds you like a gentle haint, pulling you in and out of song, and dance, and dreams until you are not sure where reality ends and memory begins. Amber McBride in her young adult debut has written a marvelous novel in verse full of ancestor wisdom and love that traverses crossroads that we must navigate to live.--Joanne V. Gabbin, Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center