Book Review: Black Bird, Blue Road

Posted December 30, 2022 by geograph in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Black Bird, Blue RoadBlack Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on September 20, 2022
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General, JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings, Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic, Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Chapter Books, Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Jewish
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley
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In this historical fantasy novel, praised as a "rich, omen-filled journey that powerfully shows love and its limits*" and "propulsive, wise, and heartbreaking,"** Ziva will do anything to save her twin brother Pesah from his illness--even facing the Angel of Death himself. From Sydney Taylor Honor winner and National Jewish Book Award finalist Sofiya Pasternack.

Pesah has lived with leprosy for years, and the twins have spent most of that time working on a cure. Then Pesah has a vision: The Angel of Death will come for him on Rosh Hashanah, just one month away.

So Ziva takes her brother and runs away to find doctors who can cure him. But when they meet and accidentally free a half-demon boy, he suggests paying his debt by leading them to the fabled city of Luz, where no one ever dies--the one place Pesah will be safe.

They just need to run faster than The Angel of Death can fly...

(*Publishers Weekly, starred review; **Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

This review redacted while HarperCollins workers are on strike. You can take these actions to help support the strike. Solidarity forever. Rated at a neutral three stars; real review will be up on my blog and edited on Goodreads when HarperCollins’ workers’ demands are met.

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