McLemore, Anna-Marie The Weight of Feathers 308 pgs. St. Martin’s Press, 2015. $18.99. Language: PG13 (15 swears, 0 Fs); Mature Content: PG13 (aggressive kissing); Violence: PG13.
17-year-old Lace works with her family the Palomas, in a traveling mermaid show. They have stopped for a run in a small town. Across the forest is their sworn enemies, another family of performers, the Corbeaus, who are trapeze artists performing in the branches of the local trees. The feud has been ongoing for the last 20 years. When an accident at the chemical plant brings Lace into physical contact with Cluck (a Corbeau) she is shunned by her superstitious grandmother and cast out of the family. Desperate to break the curse this boy has brought on her, she seeks him out and secures employment with his family, doing their makeup. Protection turns to forbidden romance in this gripping debut novel.
Just a little magic and a lot of suspense, the writing is beautiful to read; hard to put down - once I figured out what was going on. High school girls will love this, and there’s a lot of fighting and danger that may catch the boys as well.
HS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian