Published by Longman Young Books, 1973, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.
Condition: Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier fading to the spine. Price Clipped. Slight bow to the boards. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: Maryanne, the middle of five children in the Foss family, has been ill for a long time. Mark-O (short for Mark Oliver), her six-year-old brother, knows that she has a heart defect, but he isnt sure just what that means Nearly every day he brings a present to her in her room a pretty stone from the garden, a glass bead, a brilliant red-and-green caterpillar which has woven a cocoon in ajar.
Maryanne used to make up stories about the presents and Mark-O liked to hear them. But lately she has been too tired most of the time. Then, one night at dinner, Mark-O asks when Maryanne will get well again and Father tells the family the hard-to-accept truth: Maryanne will never get well.
The Magic Moth is a direct, honest, unsentimental story about death and its aftermath which will move a wide range of young people, from those of Mark-Os age to young adults like his oldest sister, Barbie. Above all, it is a story about a living family who can, at the end, look forward to the future knowing that Maryanne is still a part of them, only in a different way.