Title: The Moth Keeper
Author: K. O’Neill (they/them)
Genre/s and Tags: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Fiction, Cozy Fantasy
Being a Moth Keeper is a huge responsibility and a great honor, but what happens when the new Moth Keeper decides to take a break from the moon and see the sun for the first time?
A middle-grade fantasy graphic novel about passion, duty, and found family. Anya is finally a Moth Keeper, the protector of the lunar moths that allow the Night-Lily flower to bloom once a year. Her village needs the flower to continue thriving and Anya is excited to prove her worth and show her thanks to her friends with her actions, but what happens when being a Moth Keeper isn’t exactly what Anya thought it would be?
The nights are cold in the desert and the lunar moths live far from the village. Anya finds herself isolated and lonely. Despite Anya’s dedication, she wonders what it would be like to live in the sun. Her thoughts turn into an obsession, and when Anya takes a chance to stay up during the dayt o feel the sun’s warmth, her village and the lunar moths are left to deal with the consequences.
K. O’Neill brings to life a beautifully illustrated fantasy world about responsibility to yourself and your community. The Moth Keeper is filled with magic, hope, and friendship
Content Warnings: depression, trauma, burn out themes, abandonment (historical, shown on pagethrough flashback), ableism (historical, minor)
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The Moth Keeper follows young Anya who becomes the guiding light for their community’s moths. These moths are magical and very important! Also a gift from the moon and we love the moon.
But Anya wants to know what it feels like to live in the sun and feel it’s warmth. Her decision to find out will have consequences she never imagined.
This is a cozy middle grade fantasy novel. I loved it so much and it makes me want to read the Tea Dragon society so badly! I loved the art and story telling in this book. It’s so gorgeous and conveys so much emotion in every panel. Can’t wait to continue exploring this world in the future!
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About the Author:
I am a self-taught writer and illustrator based in New Zealand. I’m interested in nature and all kinds of creatures, mindfulness and mental health, and the magic of every day life. To date I have published three books, which have won Eisner, Harvey and Dwayne McDuffie awards for children’s comics, as well as being Cybils Award finalists and featured on the ALA Rainbow List.
Outside of work I love tea and food, plants, transitional seasons, reading, walking and listening to podcasts.