West of the Moon
Astri lives with her aunt, uncle, cousins and little sister, Greta. One night, her aunt gives Astri to the goat herder to work for him. She finds that even though she has read a story about a bear who has taken away a young maiden and gets to have whatever she wants, her life is quite the opposite. The man is cruel to her, though he pretends that he has treated her perfectly. During her time working with the goat herder, she is thrown into a storage place and meets a girl who can spin very well and takes care of Astri. She is a prisoner too. Astri tries to escape with this girl, get her sister, and go to America where her father is waiting for her.
This book was a fun cross with how life can be miserable but how it can work out just fine at the end. I liked how Astri was determined to save her sister, and she never gave up, and her sister never gave up on her. I liked their relationship because they were very close, even though they didn’t know each other very well. There were many folktales and fairy tales mixed in to how she was comparing her life with them.
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