They fight and argue and don't like each other but in the end they are family and look out for each other. I was never really sure what time period this book was set in; could be modern times could be anytime in the recent past. I liked that aspect of the book.
It made it feel timeless in a way. I did think the girls' adventures was a little preposterous. There were just too many obstacles and dangers. But overall I liked the book and the girls. It was a great read and a different twist on the adventure novel. I write my reviews in the 5 different categories: I rate each of these categories 1 to 5 5 being i love it, 1 being i hated it.
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I liked the color contrast from the orange to the blue. I also like the font that the title is written in. I liked the supporting characters. I really liked how Dawn and Maple dealt with the challenges they had to face on their journey.
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The only thing that sorta bugged me was the fact that Dawn and Maple were so young. I loved how Dawn and Maple were willing to sacrifice themselves for their baby sister. It is an inspiring adventure novel for young readers. Personally, being that this book is fit for young readers, it wasn't a story that I was on the edge of seat for.
Sometimes I got lost because I kept missing important details through the story.
I guess if you are a younger reader, you might think it is suspenseful, but if your trying to compare it to a book such as Divergent or The Hunger Games, it will seem slow and not too exciting. This book was a fun, light read that people could relate to. It wasn't bad, but compared to other books it wasn't my favorite. I would recommend this to people somewhere between the ages of 8 to It was a good adventure, but not one of my favorites.
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Aug 04, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: While I like books with strong female characters who actually get to DO something--and Maple and her older sister Dawn certainly embark on an action-filled adventure, there were certain parts of the plot that didn't work well for me. I found it hard to get a handle on the time period. There were a couple of musical references that made me start to narrow it down, but I was never really sure about when this was taking place.
I loved how determined both girls were, and how they fought so much agai While I like books with strong female characters who actually get to DO something--and Maple and her older sister Dawn certainly embark on an action-filled adventure, there were certain parts of the plot that didn't work well for me. I loved how determined both girls were, and how they fought so much against each other until they were forced to work together, and then, of course, they realized what really matters in life.
But in the short amount of time they were out in the woods, there were a lot of dangers that they faced. I would have removed some of those dangers since all of that happening so quickly and so compactly seemed unlikely. I hated the poachers, of course, but I suppose they heightened the interest and increased the danger factor, but I wonder how likely it would be that they'd just leave those girls out in the wilderness.
How likely was it that they'd run into those men twice? The fleeting visits of the monarch butterfly kept Maple motivated to keep going on and added an air of mysticism to the story. Who knows whether that water had any magic or healing to it; clearly, there was something powerful in the family bond. While I admired the bravery of the sisters, I also kept shaking my head, thinking about the additional worry they caused their family members.
Finally, I don't know much about Vermont, but sometimes the girls sounded so country, which I wouldn't have expected for Vermont, and the author seemed to be trying too hard with some of the lines. That said, the descriptions of the sunsets and wilderness painted vivid pictures of the setting. I'll look forward to more from this author. May 15, Briar Rose rated it it was ok Shelves: I really, really did, in part because the cover was lovely. I usually have an incredible soft spot for stories about families who protect and care for each other.
The prose is very beautiful, and the Vermont landscape is lovingly described. Every time the sisters take initiative and come up with an idea, it fails catastrophically within pages. To the point that I almost started to wonder if the moral of the story is "Don't ever take initiative! It was depressing and eventually felt annoying and a bit contrived. The journey, quest if you will, that takes up almost the entire book It avails them nothing. At the end, they're right where they started, just injured and traumatized.
There's a pretty sentiment tacked on about how "love is the greatest magic", and it's a nice thought, but for me it wasn't enough to make up for the pointlessness of most of the book. The author definitely has potential, but I'd skip this one. Nov 24, Alexa added it. I think this book is now my favorite. My favorite part was when Dawn and Maple created a miracle.
The miracle was that they made their sister feel better just by saying they loved her so much over and over again. The miracle started when Dawn and Maple were both in a wheel chair staring through a window at their helpless baby sister. They wanted her to survive so that she could be part of their family.
Maple pushed her face on the window and stared really hard at her baby sister while saying in I think this book is now my favorite. Maple pushed her face on the window and stared really hard at her baby sister while saying in her head, "I love you. That meant the baby was breathing and could move.
The baby was saved and now, part of a family. View all 16 comments. Jun 05, Sarah Tilatitsky rated it really liked it. This book is pretty awesome. It has a nice balance of a myth and real life. It's kinda sad though, when they find out that it wouldn't exactly cure her heart, but it could possibly have her survive though the condition. It's really kind of sad. Yet, they went though all of that, and they had no regrets, beside arguing and making each other feel worse than they should be. Still, they were all right in the end.
This book should be for everyone to read! Oct 29, Sophia1 rated it really liked it. I didn't expect this; the cover says four sisters and only three actually matter. I wish Beetle had been a little older so she could have played a part, however I loved this book so much. It reminded me of A Greyhound of a Girl because the family unity aspect. This book was crazy good and meaningful. Apr 08, Julie rated it liked it. I really, really enjoyed this story. Two sisters go on a quest to find a miracle spring to help save their newborn sister.
Their parents have taught them survival skills and they use them as they go on an incredible journey. Mar 14, Krysty rated it did not like it. May 12, Emily Orozco rated it it was amazing. Moulton is an amazing book about miracles and love. The main character, Maple is soon going to be a double big sister.
Grandma gets to stay with the children while Mama and Papa get to be in the hospital. On the morning of Lily's birth, grandma shares the dreadful news, Lily is sick. Maple knows exactly what to do! She remembers the story Mama and Grandma told about the miracle water deep in the woods. Maple decides she needs to sneak out to get the miracle water she needs to give to her baby sister.
Dawn wants to go too, they have many episodes of danger, but its all adventure. When the going gets rough, they are in absolute danger and its not all an adventure. They get into really bad trouble. They each count on sisterhood,survival, and miracles. Read to find out the suspenseful ending, I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, miracles, and a crazy survival book.