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The Secret of Moonacre

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild peril and language
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:Kisses
Alcohol/Drugs:None
Violence/Scariness:Fantasy peril and violence, bandits, gun, knives
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:2008
DVD Release Date:September 21, 2010

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is often asked what book she loved most when she was a child and she always answers The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. It is the story of a little girl named Maria Merryweather who goes to live with her uncle in mysterious Moonacre Manor and goes on a magical adventure.
That story has inspired a movie called “The Secret of Moonacre,” with Dakota Blue Richards (“The Golden Compass”) as Maria and Ioan Gruffudd (“The Fantastic Four,” “Amazing Grace”) as her uncle. There’s an uneasy mismatch between the sumptuous and imaginative visuals and the sometimes-inert pacing, but the story of the young girl who has to save the day and unite families who have been at war for centuries is engaging and fans of fantasy will enjoy seeing the characters come to life.
I have one copy of the movie to give away to the first person to sends me an email with “Moonacre” in the subject line — don’t forget to include your address!



  • Pam

    . . . will . . . finish the review? . . . wish they’d stuck with the book? . . . finally get out that book they bought ages ago and READ it? The last one’s my choice ;-)

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Oops. Sorry, Pam! Good point, and I apologize for accidentally hitting “publish” before this one was finished.

  • jestrfyl

    This summer we got to see where in Edinburgh Ms. Rowling wrote the earlier Potter books – right next to the Grayfriars cemetary of Grayfriars Bobby fame. It is all the moe interesting to know what book so filled her heart and mind as a girl – and probably inspired some of her own writting as an adult. I’ll have to go looking for a copy of the book, simply to read what she read. I really enjoy knowing what some of my favorite authors have read or are reading that inspires them. The same is true for musicians – I like to learn what is in their CD payer or on their iPod.
    So what are you reading for fun, Nell?

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Where the Heather Grows is a wonderful book about visiting the sites where great children’s books were written or that inspired the authors. Right now we’re enjoying a series of books about Dido Twite by Joan Aiken. Very imaginative and exciting!

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