Margaret and the Moth Tree

by Kari Trogen and Brit Trogen

When the Concerned Ladies Club sends Margaret Grey to the cheery Hopeton Orphanage, all is not as it seems. Instead of a home, Margaret finds herself under the terrifying reign of Miss Switch, the beautiful Matron whose deep-rooted hatred for dregs — unwanted children — is matched by her flair for creative forms of cruelty.
But there is something special about Margaret: her exceptional sense of hearing, which leads her to a mysterious, thorny tree on the orphanage grounds. With newfound bravery and a secret friend, Margaret concocts a plan to defeat Miss Switch once and for all.



Silver Birch Express Award, 2013 winner

Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets of 2012, honourable mention


Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA), 2014 nominee

Cybils Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2012 nominee

YABC Choice Award for Best Middle Grade Fantasy, 2012 nominee


“Literary sister act debuts,” Edmonton Journal Books Feature


“A charming story of magical realism. Well-sketched characters will engage readers… the narrator’s elegant asides and wry commentary imbue the novel with an old-fashioned air reminiscent of Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ The Trogens breathe new life into the old trope of the plucky orphan in dire straits.” — School Library Journal

“An impressive literary debut… Margaret’s spirit never flags, while the narrator’s archly humorous voice never fails to bring a smile.” — Richard Helm, Edmonton Journal

“Funny, ironic, and often bittersweet, Margaret and the Moth Tree will strike a chord with anyone who’s felt lonely and dreamed of finding a hidden world only for them.” — Michael Jung, Suite 101

“Margaret is a great character. She’s a smart girl who has had an extraordinarily difficult life. My heart broke for her…  This is a fantasy book but a mild one; it looks toward nature and connecting with the living creatures around you.  Margaret and the Moth Tree could easily do for moths what Charlotte’s Web did for spiders.” — Crowding the Book Truck

“There is a classic feel to the writing that makes the story sink right into your soul… I know I’ll never look at a moth the same way. I hope you read this and I hope it becomes a staple on your family bookshelf. I think this could easily make my top Middle Grade book of the year list.” — Claire Johnson, YA Books Central

Where to Find Margaret

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The Story Behind the Story: Writing Margaret and the Moth Tree