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Juvenile Fiction Ages 10-14
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
Hardcover with laminated case
Trim Size: 13.97 x 20.32 cm / 5.5 x 8 inches
Canadian Publication Date: October 13, 2017
U.S. Publication Date: October 27, 2017
Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services
A gripping upper-middle-grade fantasy from Nim’s Island author Wendy Orr
A new fantasy for older middle-grade readers from Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island, which was made into the 2008 feature film of the same name, followed by the 2013 sequel, Return to Nim’s Island. In Dragonfly Song, Orr weaves an intriguing mythological portrayal of the Bronze Age Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, where subject nations are forced to send youths each year to dance with bulls in the god-king’s bloody ceremonies. Inspired by Crete’s frescoes showing figures leaping over the backs of bulls, and by the legend of the Minotaur, Orr spins a gripping story of danger and destiny that will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games.
Aissa is a resourceful and resilient heroine who possesses a mysterious bond with animals. Mute since the traumatic raider attack that took the only family she ever knew, and spurned by a community that thinks she carries bad luck, Aissa takes her survival, identity, and destiny into her own hands. In a world where the gods demand perfection, Aissa—scarred, silent, and rejected—dares to fight for her own worth.
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Awards and Honors:
2017 Junior Library Guild selection
“Orr tells her tale in both narrative poetry and prose for an effect that is both fanciful and urgent, drawing a rich fantasy landscape filled with people and creatures worthy of knowing. An introductory note describes Orr’s inspiration in the legend of the Minotaur, but her story is no retelling but a meditation on rejection and acceptance, on determination and self-determination. The shifts between poetry and prose build tension just as surely as the bull dances do. As mesmerizing as a mermaid’s kiss, the story dances with emotion, fire, and promise.”—Kirkus **STARRED REVIEW**
“[A] well written, interesting read and one that has introduced me to a good author I will keep an eye on.”—David Stringer, NetGalley