Girls of Paper and Fire

By: Natasha Ngan

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after—the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, she does the unthinkable—she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

Foreword by James Patterson. Maps. Note on castes. Author’s note with resources.

ISBN: 9780316561365

JLG Release: Feb 2019

Sensitive Areas: Homophobic slur, Sexual assault, Strong sexual themes, Violence
Topics: Courtesans , Social classes , Kings, queens, and rulers , Revolutions , Imaginary creatures , Fantasy , Romance

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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First Release

February 2019



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Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 17;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;


Level HL780L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Homophobic slur, Sexual assault, Strong sexual themes, Violence


Courtesans, Social classes, Kings, queens, and rulers, Revolutions, Imaginary creatures, Fantasy, Romance,

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