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BOOK REVIEW: THE NEW MOON'S ARMS
BY NALO HOPKINSON

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Calamity, born Chastity, has a couple of things going on in her life right now. Her father recently passed away. She is also starting menopause and along with the symptoms there are some strange occurrences taking place.

Calamity's life was never easy. She was an inexperienced teenager who ended up pregnant. Her parents were not the kind of people she could depend on for support. Her mother disappeared without any explanation. She was never really sure of her father's feelings for her.

One day at the shore, something happens that changes Calamity's life. Calamity noticed something that washed up on the sand. It was completely covered in seaweed except for a brown hand poking through. She realized it was the hand of a child. Calamity managed to get help so the child could be taken to the hospital. During the examination it was soon discovered that this was no ordinary child. His chest was overbroad for his age, his eyes were strange and consisted of a transparent third eyelid and he had webbed fingers and toes. It is discovered that the boy's parents are dead.

Calamity wants to care for the boy but is she making the right decision? How will she be able to care for him and will it bring back unpleasant memories of her own childhood?

The author does an excellent job with the characterization of Calamity. She is someone the reader will keep on rooting for no matter which direction Calamity decides to take. This is a story that involves some fantasy, a little romance, some humor and a wonderful storyline that is unique. It is sure to make you laugh several times. The reader will feel the emotion that Calamity is going through as she tries to decide the right thing to do. Her relationship with her daughter is strained and this could be her chance to make up for things she did not do right in the past. The New Moon's Arms is an excellent read so be sure to add it to your reading list.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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