Margaret and the Moth Tree

Margaret and the Moth Tree

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Grand Central Pub
Lemony Snicket meets Charlotte's Web in this spellbinding story about a quiet, brown-haired orphan named Margaret trapped in a dreadful orphanage run by the sinister, beautiful Miss Switch. After an unsuccessful attempt to alert authorities to Miss Switch's tyranny, Margaret is forced to endure a life of complete silence. But the new state of affairs proves to be more blessing than curse. You see, Margaret can hear things other people cannot. And on one incredible day, Margaret hears tiny voices coming from a strange, thorny tree and discovers a community of playful moths. Together Margaret and the moths prepare a plan to end Miss Switch's reign of terror and provide a better life for everyone.

Univ of Toronto Pr
A poignant story about a plain-looking orphan, small creatures with drab wings and what it means to be truly beautiful. Bookworms, prepare to be enchanted!

Baker & Taylor
Living in an orphanage run by the beautiful and tyrannical Miss Switch, plain-looking orphan Margaret tries to end Miss Switch's reign of terror with the help of a community of playful moths.

Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781554538232
Characteristics: 176 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Trogen, Kari


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Nov 16, 2015

This is the most beautiful touching book I have ever read. This is my second time reading it and it just gets better every time.

Jan 31, 2014

I have not read the whole book yet but I'm almost done. anyway its really sad because she saw a beautiful orphanage but it turns out to be a jail for kids

Jan 22, 2014

OMG!!! This is the best book I've read in my life!!! Soo interesting...

Jan 12, 2014

This book definitely made my top 10 best books of all time! A complex and compelling storyline plunges the reader deep into the world of Margaret Grey, a normal girl with a not-so-normal talent and how she uses this not-so-normal talent to make some not-so-normal friends.

May 01, 2013

I didn't like this book in the beginning
because it was really really sad

Apr 18, 2013

I did not like this story because Marget had to go to the orhrange. I only liked this story when Miss.swicth found her in the woods and she took care of her

Apr 10, 2013


Apr 10, 2013

I really liked this book and i'm so happy they got rid of the Switch.

Apr 08, 2013

I like this book because in every part became more and more exited and I felt bad for the orphans.

Apr 04, 2013

I loved the book margaret and the moth tree. it wasnt too long and didnt get boring. it had an outstanding ending and i definatly think you shoul read thid book.

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devorah1231 Jan 13, 2013

devorah1231 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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Dec 13, 2012

When the Concerned Ladies Club sends Margaret Grey to the cheery Hopeton Orphanage, all is not as it seems. Instead of a home, Margaret finds herself under the terrifying reign of Miss Switch, the beautiful Matron whose deep-rooted hatred for dregs — unwanted children — is matched by her flair for creative forms of cruelty.
But there is something special about Margaret: her exceptional sense of hearing, which leads her to a mysterious, thorny brush on the orphanage grounds. With newfound bravery and a secret friend, Margaret concocts a plan to defeat Miss Switch once and for all.


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Dec 13, 2012

"If this were a proper world, beautiful faces would belong to beautiful people.

Good people with kind hearts and clever minds would always have bright eyes and dazzling smiles, and bad people would have scraggly hair and warty noses. That way if you saw one of them coming, you could cross to the other side of the street and avoid them altogether.

But this is not a proper world. In our world, many bad people look quite nice, and many good people are not beautiful at all. Many good people aren’t pretty or cute or even interesting-looking.

A very small girl named Margaret Grey was one of these."

- pg. 1, Margaret and the Moth Tree


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