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ISBN13: 9781599900513
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Staff Pick

If you haven't heard of Shannon Hale...well, now you have! Try Book of a Thousand Days, which is her newest feminist fairy tale. The very first page will inexorably pull you in with Jungian, gothic images of mad women suffering patriarchal cruelties. Finish this book, and you will be satisfied by Hale's visions of a world that includes true-blue heroines.
Recommended by Mary Z., Powells.com

If you haven't heard of Shannon Hale... well, now you have! Try Book of a Thousand Days, which is her newest feminist fairy tale. The very first page will inexorably pull you in with Jungian, gothic images of mad women suffering patriarchal cruelties. Finish this book, and you will be satisfied by Hale's visions of a world that includes true-blue heroines.
Recommended by Mary Z., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors — one welcome, and the other decidedly less so — brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

Review:

"Hale (River Secrets) delivers another winning fantasy, this time inventively fleshing out the obscure Grimm tale, Maid Maleen, through the expressive and earthy voice of Dashti, maid to Lady Saren. A plucky and resourceful orphan, Dashti comes from a nomad tribe in a place resembling the Asian Steppes, and is brought to the Lady's house in the midst of a crisis. Lady Saren, having refused to marry the powerful but loathsome Lord her father has chosen, faces seven years' imprisonment in an unlit tower. Initially, Dashti believes her worth is tied to her ability to care for her 'tower-addled' lady until she can join Khan Tegus, to whom she is secretly betrothed. When the gentle Tegus comes to the tower, Dashti must step in for her traumatized lady, speaking to him as Saren through the one tiny metal door. Hale exploits the diary form to convey Dashti's perspective; despite her self-effacing declaration that 'I draw this from memory so it won't be right,' the entries reflect her genuinely spirited inner life. The tension between her unstinting loyalty and patience and burgeoning realization of her own strength and feelings for Tegus feels especially authentic. Readers will be riveted as Dashti and Saren escape and flee to the Khan's realm where, through a series of deceptions, contrivances and a riotously triumphant climax, the tale spins out to a thoroughly satisfying ending. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Fans of Gail Carson Levin's Fairest will embrace this similar mix of exotic, fully realized setting; thrilling, enchanted adventure; and heart-melting romance." Booklist

Review:

"It is a refreshing change from the typical princess story, and a nod to democracy. Smith's illustrations enhance the story, which is well-written and fast-paced, and which will captivate readers." VOYA

Review:

"A rousing, even spellbinding tale." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

    As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors--one welcome, and the other decidedly less so--brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

    With Shannon Hale's lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.

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About the Author

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor-winning author of Princess Academy as well as the highly acclaimed and award-winning Books of Bayern: Goose Girl, Enna Burning, and River Secrets. She has written a novel for adults, Austenland, and is working on a graphic novel, Rapunzel's Revenge. She lives with her husband and two young children in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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manda4sports, September 17, 2010 (view all comments by manda4sports)
This is my favorite book of all time. After I read it at the Library I went and bought the book. This book has everything: romance, adventure, broken harts, lies, sad truths and a girl who just wants to make things right. Dashti just wants to make things right with Lady Saren and khan Tegus. They must be kept in dark tower for 7 years because sad, shy Lady Saren does not want to marry the horrible demanding Lord Kasar. this book is amazing and you will love it with all your heart. I had to do a book report on the book i could not stop reading it over and over again every time i opened a page finally after 3 long hours I got the book report done and almost without knowing read the book over again. this book is absolutely amazing and don't just take my word for it go and read it yourself!
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Cioccolata16, October 29, 2009 (view all comments by Cioccolata16)
Fun, gripping, but typical fairy tale ending. I really enjoyed how Hale builds up the cultural differences between her characters. It makes their struggles more real and provides a deeper reading of the novel. Good book over all!
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Emme, August 1, 2009 (view all comments by Emme)
After her refusal to marry Lord Khasar, who she knows is evil, Lady Saren and her maid Dashti are locked in a tower for seven years. This book is told as Dashti's journal. As they suffer from heat, cold and lack of food, Dashti tried to take care of her mistress, who's mind becomes damaged with fear and isolation. Saren becomes steadily more and more unhinged, and Dashti decides that that they must find a way to escape.

I really liked this book, Dashti was a strong and interesting person and I admired her ability to help keep Saren from giving up. The writing was very good and lyrical and I liked the drawings and doodles that Dashti had in her journal.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599900513
Author:
Hale, Shannon
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Adaptations
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Identity (Philosophical concept)
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Folklore/General
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandw
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 336 pages Bloomsbury USA Children's Books - English 9781599900513 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

If you haven't heard of Shannon Hale...well, now you have! Try Book of a Thousand Days, which is her newest feminist fairy tale. The very first page will inexorably pull you in with Jungian, gothic images of mad women suffering patriarchal cruelties. Finish this book, and you will be satisfied by Hale's visions of a world that includes true-blue heroines.

"Staff Pick" by ,

If you haven't heard of Shannon Hale... well, now you have! Try Book of a Thousand Days, which is her newest feminist fairy tale. The very first page will inexorably pull you in with Jungian, gothic images of mad women suffering patriarchal cruelties. Finish this book, and you will be satisfied by Hale's visions of a world that includes true-blue heroines.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hale (River Secrets) delivers another winning fantasy, this time inventively fleshing out the obscure Grimm tale, Maid Maleen, through the expressive and earthy voice of Dashti, maid to Lady Saren. A plucky and resourceful orphan, Dashti comes from a nomad tribe in a place resembling the Asian Steppes, and is brought to the Lady's house in the midst of a crisis. Lady Saren, having refused to marry the powerful but loathsome Lord her father has chosen, faces seven years' imprisonment in an unlit tower. Initially, Dashti believes her worth is tied to her ability to care for her 'tower-addled' lady until she can join Khan Tegus, to whom she is secretly betrothed. When the gentle Tegus comes to the tower, Dashti must step in for her traumatized lady, speaking to him as Saren through the one tiny metal door. Hale exploits the diary form to convey Dashti's perspective; despite her self-effacing declaration that 'I draw this from memory so it won't be right,' the entries reflect her genuinely spirited inner life. The tension between her unstinting loyalty and patience and burgeoning realization of her own strength and feelings for Tegus feels especially authentic. Readers will be riveted as Dashti and Saren escape and flee to the Khan's realm where, through a series of deceptions, contrivances and a riotously triumphant climax, the tale spins out to a thoroughly satisfying ending. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Fans of Gail Carson Levin's Fairest will embrace this similar mix of exotic, fully realized setting; thrilling, enchanted adventure; and heart-melting romance."
"Review" by , "It is a refreshing change from the typical princess story, and a nod to democracy. Smith's illustrations enhance the story, which is well-written and fast-paced, and which will captivate readers."
"Review" by , "A rousing, even spellbinding tale."
"Synopsis" by ,
When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

    As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors--one welcome, and the other decidedly less so--brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

    With Shannon Hale's lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.

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