The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

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Price
$9.99  $9.29
Publisher
Walden Pond Press
Publish Date
Pages
448
Dimensions
5.3 X 7.2 X 1.5 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780062275134

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About the Author

Anne Ursu is the author of the acclaimed novels The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy, The Lost Girl, Breadcrumbs, and The Real Boy, which was longlisted for the National Book Award. The recipient of a McKnight Fellowship Award in Children's Literature, Anne lives in Minneapolis with her family and an ever-growing number of cats.

Reviews

"Through Ursu's hallmark thoughtful and inspiring writing, readers delve into a story that seamlessly combines intriguing worldbuilding that is full of magic with a feminist perspective that interrogates the systemic oppression at society's core. Marya's developing relationships with her classmates as well as with her brother form the beating heart of the book. But it's Marya's inner conflict as she asks the question, "Who does the story serve?" and considers what she has always been told about herself that elevates this tale into unmissable territory. A wonderful and inspiring feminist fantasy." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Via a winningly curious protagonist who has a keen interest in the truth, Ursu weaves a layered tapestry--filled with close-knit relationships and a well-explained, intriguing world--that questions authority, misogyny, and whom a story serves -- Publishers Weekly

"An accessible, timely school story with a rather Transylvanian flavor to its fantasy setting. Ursu explores girls' conditioning in timidity and shame in a male-dominated world and, ultimately, envisions a hopeful, female-determined future of magical ability." -- Horn Book Magazine

"Readers present for the tale's magical trappings and interwoven intrigue won't be disappointed, and they'll welcome Marya's determination to assert herself as powerful in her own right." -- Booklist

"The remarkable Anne Ursu here crafts a wondrous fantasy set in a colorfully described medieval world of sorcery and magic, yet conveying a very contemporary-feeling and empowering feminist message. It's a thrilling coming-of-age novel featuring a feisty heroine, an ornery goat, an insufferable headmaster and intricate tapestries with coded messages." -- Buffalo News

"A suspenseful tale woven with secrets and magic, with a gasp-worthy twist at the end, The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy is everything I love about fantasy. Spell-binding." -- Christina Soontornvat, Newbery Honor-winning author of A Wish in the Dark

"Anne Ursu practices her own brand of sorcery--the ability to craft wondrous, magical stories that are unlike anything you've ever read. Another extraordinary tale from a remarkably talented author." -- Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-winning author of Hello, Universe

"A thoughtful and incisive story of lies told to control people and the complicated girls who ask questions, push back, and keep fighting." -- Tui Sutherland, New York Times-bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series

"It's no secret that Anne Ursu is a gifted storyteller. The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy is intricately plotted and compulsively readable, with characters who will stay with you long after you stop reading. I could not put it down." -- Aisha Saeed, New York Times bestselling author of Amal Unbound

"The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy manages the particular magic of being both a true fantasy novel and a clear-eyed reflection of the here-and-now. Bighearted, generous, and outstandingly original, this is a story only Anne Ursu could write." -- Elana K. Arnold, award-winning author of The House That Wasn't There