Lemony Snicket meets Charlotte's Web in this spellbinding story about a quiet, brown-haired orphan named Margaret trapped in a dreadful orphanage run by the sinister, beautiful Miss Switch. After an unsuccessful attempt to alert authorities to Miss Switch's tyranny, Margaret is forced to endure a life of complete silence. But the new state of affairs proves to be more blessing than curse. You see, Margaret can hear things other people cannot. And on one incredible day, Margaret hears tiny voices coming from a strange, thorny tree and discovers a community of playful moths. Together Margaret and the moths prepare a plan to end Miss Switch's reign of terror and provide a better life for everyone.
Kari Trogen studied English literature in Edmonton and England, obtaining her MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. She lives in Toronto with her husband, a filmmaker, and works as a freelance writer. Her first children's novel, Margaret and the Moth Tree, was coauthored with her sister Brit.
Brit Trogen received her BSc in biology from the University of Alberta. With interests in science and science fiction, her work has appeared in publications including On Spec Magazine and Discover Magazine. She currently lives in New York City. Her first children's novel, Margaret and the Moth Tree, was coauthored with her sister Kari.
A charming story of magical realism.
—School Library Journal
Lightness of narrative tone affords the story's thought-provoking, dark, and poignant moments their place without slowing momentum.