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Staff Pick

Young adult literature is lousy with rewritten fairy tales, but many of them just rehash the clichés. The Phoenix Dance is one of the exceptions: an intelligent revision of a fairy tale that captivates because it alters the original in surprising ways. But this is more than a beautifully rewritten fairy tale — it is also the story of a teenage girl struggling to understand herself.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A journey through madness and mania.

On the island of Faranor in the kingdom of Windward, twelve princesses dance their shoes to shreds each night. No one knows why. Not the king or queen. Not the knights, lords, or ladies-in-waiting. When the queen blames the royal shoemaker, his apprentice, Phoenix Dance, puts her life at risk to solve the mystery. She braves magic spells, dragons, evil wizards, and the treachery of the princesses themselves. As Phoenix faces these dangers, she finds herself caught in the dangerous dance inside herself – a dance of darkness and light, a dance that presents her with the greatest challenge of her life.

This captivating companion to Aria of the Sea weaves a retelling of Grimm’s fairy tale of the "Twelve Dancing Princesses" with the story of a young woman’s inward journey toward an understanding of a scary, unpredictable part of her own nature.

Review:

"The prose is straightforward, yet maintains the fairy-tale essence of the setting. Calhoun has created a strong fantasy novel, complete with a well-rounded heroine suffering from a very real illness." School Library Journal

Review:

"Calhoun follows the text with an author's note describing her own experiences with bipolar disorder and how the story developed." KLIATT

Review:

"The compelling portrayal of Phoenix as she slowly slips from one emotional extreme to the other gives a memorable edge to the novel. An unusual and readable entry in the growing list of novels based on traditional fairy tales." Booklist

Review:

"This is a remarkable book, one to recommend to young people who know someone dealing with this disabling condition or who wish to deepen their understanding of it." Children's Literature

About the Author

Dia Calhoun is the author of Aria of the Sea, Firegold, and White Midnight, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374359102
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Subject:
Girls & Women
Author:
Calhoun, Dia
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
Health & Medicine - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - General
Publication Date:
20051011
Binding:
HC
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.58x5.84x1.00 in. .99 lbs.
Age Level:
14-UP

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The Phoenix Dance
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Product details 288 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - English 9780374359102 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Young adult literature is lousy with rewritten fairy tales, but many of them just rehash the clichés. The Phoenix Dance is one of the exceptions: an intelligent revision of a fairy tale that captivates because it alters the original in surprising ways. But this is more than a beautifully rewritten fairy tale — it is also the story of a teenage girl struggling to understand herself.

"Review" by , "The prose is straightforward, yet maintains the fairy-tale essence of the setting. Calhoun has created a strong fantasy novel, complete with a well-rounded heroine suffering from a very real illness."
"Review" by , "Calhoun follows the text with an author's note describing her own experiences with bipolar disorder and how the story developed."
"Review" by , "The compelling portrayal of Phoenix as she slowly slips from one emotional extreme to the other gives a memorable edge to the novel. An unusual and readable entry in the growing list of novels based on traditional fairy tales."
"Review" by , "This is a remarkable book, one to recommend to young people who know someone dealing with this disabling condition or who wish to deepen their understanding of it."
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