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lovely middle grade fantasy
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5.0
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5.0
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THE LITTLE GREY GIRL is the second book in a trilogy, but I found that it could be read on its own as the story is contained and past events recapped. It does leave room for the next book at the end. Mup and her family are moving into the newly vacated castle after the end of the first book. Her mother is dealing with the ramifications of the past in unseating the former queen (Mup's grandmother), as the people are looking for her to be the same type of ruler.

However, Mup's mother does not wish to be a cruel ruler- she wants the people to have freedom and not live in fear. Convincing them of this is no easy task. It also made harder by the curse the former queen has left behind, and the dangerous drawings that seem to keep appearing. Mup is a key player in all this as she thinks about her mother and family's decisions as well as tries to keep everyone she loves safe from the powers at play.

What I loved: The story is beautifully woven and flows well. While prior knowledge is not needed, it does help in starting this book. There are some important themes here about power and the strength of a ruler, as well as the value of freedom. Other key themes include actions of fear and the consequences of decisions as well as the redeemable nature of people, even when past actions were bad. Mup is a forceful, brave, and lovely character who really carries the story well. The magic and fantasy elements here add to the charm of the story, presenting a great middle grade read.

I will add a small note to say that this book and series can be a little scary for those who are sensitive with mentions of torture and pain (not shown, just mentioned) as well as ghosts and bad witches.

Final verdict: Magical and fantastical with great themes, THE LITTLE GREY GIRL is a beautifully written story about freedom and forgiveness as well as bravery. Highly recommend for the middle grade fantasy audience.
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