Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)
The Sisters of Straygarden Place by Hayley Chewins is a strange little book filled with magic, mystery, and sisterhood. After their parents left seven years ago, Winnow, Mayhap, and Pavonine live alone in a house that takes care of all their needs. It feeds them, clothes them, and even cleans up after them. As long as they do not venture into the tall, silver grass that surrounds the house, everything will stay as it is and the house will continue to take care of them. However, one of them breaks this rule and gets sick with an illness that seems to have no cure.
I read a YA book a while back about a magical house and liked it, so I figured I’d like this one too. I was right. The story is mysterious, intriguing, and a bit strange—all things I love in a book. At times I felt things were a bit underdeveloped, but the book is meant for a younger audience and moved along at a fast pace, so it didn’t really bother me. The big reveal was interesting, even if it wasn’t entirely how I wanted the story to go (and I’m honestly not sure exactly how I was hoping it would go). The ending was sweet and tied everything up nicely. Overall, I enjoyed the story a lot, and I’d recommend this book for middle-grade readers who love magic and stories about family bonds. It is a great, fast-paced read that is sure to leave readers turning page after page.
Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC CHEWINS)