Alison McGhee

You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.
—  Alison McGhee
You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging, leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.
—  Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow to the Sea
You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.
—  Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea
You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.
—  Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea
You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.
—  Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea
You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No
—  Alison McGhee
You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.
— 

Alison McGhee

You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.
— 

Alison McGhee

Only a Witch Can Fly

written by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Feiwel and Friends 2009

The first thing I should tell you about this book is that it is a poem, a tricky poem written in a very old form called a sestina. It stumps you on the first read through, tripping over stilted sentences, but read properly it is lilting and magical — a wonderful match for the story of a little girl who wishes she was a witch. Yoo’s linoleum block prints capture the drama of the story with a muted palette of autumn colours busy with bats, owls and black cats, but she keeps it cosy with glowing windows, smoke wafting from chimneys, and parents in pyjamas. The perfect book for little dreamers.

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You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.
—  Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea