WHAT IS CLASSIC REMARKS?
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THIS WEEK’S PROMPT:
What is a contemporary book you think might become a classic? Or should become a classic?
Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor series has enchanted and delighted me right from the start, and I can easily see these books becoming another children’s fantasy classic, along with the likes of the Harry Potter books. Book one introduces readers to Morrigan Crow, a young girl who has been told all her life that she is cursed and must die on her eleventh birthday. Instead, however, a bold and brilliant man named Jupiter North arrives, chased by hell-hounds, to whisk her away to the magical world of Nevermoor. The catch is, Morrigan is not meant to be there at all. To stay, she will have to earn a place in the prestigious Wundrous Society, comprised of members who each possess a remarkable talent. But Morrigan does not believe she has any talent at all.
The world of Nevermoor is gloriously complicated and quirky, and readers who love detailed world-building that makes them feel that they have truly crossed over into another place will adore Townsend’s work. If Hogwarts and its magic ever attracted readers, the wonders of Nevemoor surely will, as well. There are dragons and witches and talking cats. There are secret societies and schools for the talented and trials to be passed. If you looking for something whimsical and magical, you will find it here.
And the cast of characters! Morrigan is a wonderfully sympathetic lead. Born knowing that she was meant to die, and that townsfolk blamed her for all their misfortunes, Morrigan has known very little love. And, as a result, she is often unsure of herself. But she is kind and bold and clever, and it is impossible not to cheer her on. She is surrounded in turn by a group of equally interesting and lovable characters, from the quirky Jupiter North to the stern talking cat Fenestra. Morrigan finds a new family to love in her Nevermoor, and that means everything.
The plot, too, is fascinating and I think readers will be engrossed, not only by the world of Nevermoor, but also by its events. Something is going on that is not quite right, something beyond the trials for new recruits to join the Wundrous Society. These things, of course, just happen to center around Morrigan. Townsend keeps readers intrigued and guessing–she knows how to keep them on the edges of their seats.
Truly, the Nevermoor books are delightful in every way. There are few books that can bear a comparison to Harry Potter. Jessica Townsend’s books do.