The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined


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Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publish Date
5.9 X 8.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.26 pounds

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About the Author

Stephanie Hemphill is the award-winning author of Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein; Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist; Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; Sisters of Glass; and Things Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.


"It's not easy to both tell a story and explain history, but Hemphill does both beautifully. The writing is often poetic with images that linger.... A moving and in many ways motivating experience." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

"[An] engrossing first-person, present-tense verse novel... [that] humanizes [Joan of Arc] and makes her a sympathetic and relatable figure, even over six hundred years later." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"Hemphill's rousing novel in verse breathes life into the tale of Joan of Arc." -- School Library Journal

Praise for HIDEOUS LOVE: "A . . . riveting portrait of the artist as a young woman." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for HIDEOUS LOVE: "This present-tense novel in verse provides an intimate glimpse into Mary's life...Readers will identify the parallels between the creation of a monster and the creation of her famous book. " -- School Library Journal

Praise for HIDEOUS LOVE: "An ideal companion piece for teens studying the original classic...Hemphill, author of the Printz Honor Book Your Own, Sylvia (2007), manages to plumb from it her own vein of riches." -- Booklist

Praise for HIDEOUS LOVE: "A gripping story" -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for WICKED GIRLS: "The expressive writing, masterful tension, and parallels to modern group dynamics create a powerful and relevant page-turner. " -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for WICKED GIRLS: "An excellent supplementary choice for curricular studies of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, this will also find readers outside the classroom, who will savor the accessible, unsettling, piercing lines that connect past and present with timeless conflict and truths." -- Booklist (starred review)

Praise for WICKED GIRLS: "In subtle, spare first-person free-verse poems, the author skillfully demonstrates how ordinary people may come to commit monstrous acts. Haunting and still frighteningly relevant." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for WICKED GIRLS: "The verse format is fresh and engaging, distilling the actions of the seven accusing girls into riveting narrative." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for WICKED GIRLS: "An atmospheric tale." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books