The Moorchild

The Moorchild

Book - 1996
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Half moorfolk and half human, and unable to shape-shift or disappear at will, Moql threatens the safety of the Band. So the Folk banish her and send her to live among humans as a changeling. Named Saaski by the couple for whose real baby she was swapped, she grows up taunted and feared by the villagers for being different, and is comfortable only on the moor, playing strange music on her bagpipes.

As Saaski grows up, memories from her forgotten past with the Folks slowly emerge. But so do emotions from her human side, and she begins to realize the terrible wrong the Folk have done to the humans she calls Da and Mumma. She is determined to restore their child to them, even if it means a dangerous return to the world that has already rejected her once.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1996, 1998 [printing]
ISBN: 9781416927686
9780689820335
068982033X
9780689806544
068980654X
Branch Call Number: MCGR
Characteristics: 241 p

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FindingJane Jul 20, 2014

This novel stirs the heart with its bittersweet tale of a changeling girl, unwanted by either the Fair folk or the human world. Rejected by the fey, so casually indifferent to a small child that they willingly consign it to human care, Moql becomes Saaski and finds that human beings are both worse and better than the Moorfolk.

The story is moving, unsparing of either cruelty or kindness. It ably catches the rhythms of mundane human work and the feckless, carefree prances of the Little People and twines them together in a song as haunting and indefinable as that which Saaski coaxes from her bagpipes.

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whiteshadow13 Jan 29, 2012

Feeling that she is neither fully human nor "Folk," a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.

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