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Damsel



by
Elana K. Arnold

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Balzer + Bray
ISBN
9780062742322

Awards and Honors
2019 Michael Printz Award Honor
MRLS Cream of the Crop - 2019
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth - 2018
CPL Best Books, Teen Fiction - 2018
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Discrimination: Sexism
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In this dark, powerful fairy tale, the damsel in distress is rescued by her prince, but finds herself in even greater danger once she arrives at his castle.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Discrimination: Sexism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

6.8: points 11

Lexile

980L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Fantasy. Dragons. Sexism. Fairy tales. Horror.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly

Horn Book

This original fairy tale begins with Prince Emory on the dangerous quest required to prove himself worthy of his father’s recently vacated throne: saving a damsel from a dragon. But following the successful (off-page) rescue, it quickly becomes clear that our protagonist is the damsel herself, who has no memory of how she got to the dragon’s lair or of her life before it. Emory names her Ama and whisks her away to his walled kingdom to await their wedding day. Initially obliging, Ama soon begins to despair of her captivity and exploitation—and the cruel sense of ownership underlying Emory’s actions. Thematically supporting subplots include the lynx kitten Ama adopts after it is orphaned by Emory; the hawks blinded and tamed by the castle’s falconer; and the servants and villagers entirely at the new king’s whim. Eventually, after meeting the kingdom’s famed glassblower, Ama discovers an unusual aptitude for the craft and much-sought clues to her past. Hints along the way suggest Ama’s true origin and the nature of her “rescue” well before they are revealed, but the conclusion of her tale is nevertheless both surprising and satisfying. Though somewhat reminiscent in plot of Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, Arnold’s wrenching tale is more akin in theme and tone to Lanagan’s Tender Morsels (rev. 9/08) or The Brides of Rollrock Island (rev. 9/12)— lyrical, brutal, and unapologetically feminist. katie bircher

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

This original fairy tale begins with Prince Emory on the dangerous quest required to prove himself worthy of his father’s recently vacated throne: saving a damsel from a dragon. But following the successful (off-page) rescue, it quickly becomes clear that our protagonist is the damsel herself, who has no memory of how she got to the dragon’s lair or of her life before it. Emory names her Ama and whisks her away to his walled kingdom to await their wedding day. Initially obliging, Ama soon begins to despair of her captivity and exploitation—and the cruel sense of ownership underlying Emory’s actions. Thematically supporting subplots include the lynx kitten Ama adopts after it is orphaned by Emory; the hawks blinded and tamed by the castle’s falconer; and the servants and villagers entirely at the new king’s whim. Eventually, after meeting the kingdom’s famed glassblower, Ama discovers an unusual aptitude for the craft and much-sought clues to her past. Hints along the way suggest Ama’s true origin and the nature of her “rescue” well before they are revealed, but the conclusion of her tale is nevertheless both surprising and satisfying. Though somewhat reminiscent in plot of Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, Arnold’s wrenching tale is more akin in theme and tone to Lanagan’s Tender Morsels (rev. 9/08) or The Brides of Rollrock Island (rev. 9/12)— lyrical, brutal, and unapologetically feminist. katie bircher

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