My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fun and scary middle grade fantasy adventure for 9-12 year olds.
The creepy prologue, gives way to an opening chapter filled with action, and Moll makes an enjoyable and opinionated hyperactive-heroine, who barely stops moving throughout the book. She’s the sort who says what she’s thinks, and means what she says. Clearly and beautifully written with lots of action and movement, so you can almost see her. I loved her line in insults – calling Alfe a spudmucker, and telling him to wipe his behind on a tree-root.
The other characters are great too. Especially Moll’s friends: Siddy and his earthworm porridge, and of course, Gryff the wildcat. Also Oak and the extended gypsy family who take care of the hyperactive Moll! And there’s a scary coda at the end that sets up a new villain.