by Amos Oz
Imagine a world without animals. It’s difficult for me to even think about, yet this is the world Matti and Maya live in. Parents won’t tell their children what happened to the animals and scold them for even asking. They also warn their little ones about the mountain demon who snatches up anyone daring to go out at night. This doesn’t stop Matti and Maya from wondering and secretly exploring the forest outside their village. The story unfolds mysteriously and challenges readers to show respect to everyone, even if they aren’t “normal.” It’s a wonderful, flowing tale great for ages 9 and up.
-reviewed by Laura