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While THE NEXT FULL MOON isn't a fairy tale retelling, it does follow the life of Ava, a girl whose mother is the swan maiden from the fairy tale you already know and love. Ava doesn't know that her father fell in love with a swan maiden, however, and right before her thirteenth birthday, she starts sprouting wings. At the beach. In front of the boy she has a huuuuge crush on. Talk about embarrassing! She doesn't know what's going on or who to turn to, and stays home sick the next day. Her father forces her back to school, and she wears long sleeves until she discovers that the feathers come off and form a sort of coat that will allow her to change form into a swan. She finds out that there's so much more to herself and her mother than what initially meets the eye.
Turgeon impressively uses fantasy to explore issues that all pre-teens go through as their bodies begin changing. This is such an emotional time in one's life, as everyone worries about worry about how different he/she is from peers and experiences the highs and lows of first crushes. The story parallels this well. Additionally, Turgeon weaves in deeper issues, such as never knowing a parent and the way that may shape someone. She also delivers the message that it's okay to be yourself. Maybe you didn't initially like who you are, but every person is unique, and it's okay to love yourself just the way you are, even if you're different. You're still YOU, and there's nobody else quite like you--and that's okay!