Goldeline

By: Jimmy Cajoleas

Travel into a lush and magical forest where it's possible to happen upon an abandoned piano, a tree full of cardinals, or even a house on legs.

ISBN: 9780062498755

JLG Release: Feb 2018


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Violence: Death, Social Issue: Religious Viewpoint/Satire

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Awards & Honors

Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2017, First Novels

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Goldeline has lived a harsh life and is haunted by visions of her past. Her mother was burned at the stake for being a witch by the evil Preacher, and her fellow townspeople think that she must be a witch as well. Life in the Hinterlands is tough. Forced to live on the run from the Preacher, she spends her days colluding with a group of bandits att Goldeline has lived a harsh life and is haunted by visions of her past. Her mother was burned at the stake for being a witch by the evil Preacher, and her fellow townspeople think that she must be a witch as well. Life in the Hinterlands is tough. Forced to live on the run from the Preacher, she spends her days colluding with a group of bandits attempting to steal from innocent passersby. While doing her “damsel in distress” act with the thieves, she encounters a young boy named Tommy who has lived a similar life—on the run, fending for himself. When she attempts to help Tommy, she unwittingly grabs the unwanted and dangerous attention of the Preacher. Goldeline and Tommy must work together to elude capture or face certain death. The only place to escape to is the dark, mysterious woods where magical creatures, undiscovered terrors, and her own potential magical powers await. Cajoleas crafts a story that echoes many elements of today’s world while still being fully entrenched in the fantastical. Goldeline is a determined young girl who knows what she wants but is sometimes unsure of how to achieve it (a relatable feeling for many young readers). While the story suffers from pacing issues in the beginning, those who stick with it will be rewarded by a complex yet approachable mythology featuring a strong female protagonist. VERDICT A solid purchase for most collections, particularly where middle grade fantasy is in demand.—Christopher Lassen, BookOps: The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library

Horn Book

Since the Preacher burned her mother as a witch, Goldeline—named after her pale eyes and hair—has been living in the forest, helping Gruff and his band of minor thugs rob travelers and thereby taking revenge in a small way on the townspeople who abandoned her mother to the Preacher’s vicious crusade. Not long after she secretly sa Since the Preacher burned her mother as a witch, Goldeline—named after her pale eyes and hair—has been living in the forest, helping Gruff and his band of minor thugs rob travelers and thereby taking revenge in a small way on the townspeople who abandoned her mother to the Preacher’s vicious crusade. Not long after she secretly saves Tommy, a victim of one of the robberies, the Preacher finds the band’s hideout and slaughters most of its members. When the Preacher tracks Goldeline and Tommy down at the home of a gay couple who took them in (the Preacher’s crusade also includes homophobia), Goldeline finally confronts him, overcoming a spell set by her mother long ago and thus finally remembering the Preacher’s connection to her family and discovering how to defeat him. Cajoleas doesn’t mince words when it comes to depicting the Preacher’s cruelty and violence, and the graphic descriptions match the dark and vaguely Southern gothic tone of Goldeline’s narration (“It’s the kind of cut that throbs in your sleep . . . that splits open all the time and spills blood all over the place just when you think you finally got it healed. That’s what I know about losing a momma”). Goldeline, with her blend of self-sufficiency and vulnerability, is a sympathetic protagonist, and the book’s vivid setting makes for compelling reading. sarah rettger

Book Details

ISBN

9780062498755

First Release

February 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.4; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 15;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperCollins

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Violence: Death, Social Issue: Religious Viewpoint/Satire

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