Blanca & Roja

By: Anna-Marie McLemore

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals. They know that one day, they’ll find themselves drawn into a dangerous game to determine which sister will stay a girl and which will be cursed to live as a swan.
But when two of their childhood friends become drawn into the game, the curse threatens to decide the fate not just of the sisters, but of all four of them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts for fans of magical realism, gorgeous writing, and sister stories.
Author’s note.

ISBN: 9781250162717

JLG Release: Jan 2019


Sensitive Areas: Mild sexual themes, Strong language
Topics: Sisters , Fairy-tale retellings , Swans , Romance , Small towns , Family life , Magical realism , Forests , Mexican Americans

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Best Books, Young Adult - 2018
School Library Journal Best Books - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Blanca and Roja, the del Cisne sisters, have grown up knowing their family is cursed as a result of a bargain made generations ago, and that eventually either Blanca or Roja will be trapped in the body of a swan and live among them. Blanca, fair-haired and sweet, and Roja, flame-haired and difficult, spend their lives trying to become more like eac Blanca and Roja, the del Cisne sisters, have grown up knowing their family is cursed as a result of a bargain made generations ago, and that eventually either Blanca or Roja will be trapped in the body of a swan and live among them. Blanca, fair-haired and sweet, and Roja, flame-haired and difficult, spend their lives trying to become more like each other so that they will be intertwined and ultimately impossible to separate when the swans finally arrive to claim their due. When a bear who is also a boy called Yearling arrives on their doorstep, followed by his sibling Page (who uses both he and she pronouns), their story becomes more complicated and their fates much less clear. This tale reimagines Snow White and Rose Red as young Latinx women, and it mixes their stories with details and themes from “The Ugly Duckling,” Swan Lake, and “The Wild Swans.” Depth of character is sometimes sacrificed in order to incorporate so many threads (e.g., Yearling’s story of dealing with family corruption is less well drawn than other narrative elements). But McLemore’s vivid descriptions create a tale rich with visual detail, and readers will be compelled to keep reading to find out the fate of these sisters. christina l. dobbs

Book Details

ISBN

9781250162717

First Release

January 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/3"

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 12;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level HL760L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Feiwel & Friends

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild sexual themes, Strong language

Topics

Sisters, Fairy-tale retellings, Swans, Romance, Small towns, Family life, Magical realism, Forests, Mexican Americans,

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