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Mannering, G. R.

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viii, 311 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A darker retelling of Beauty and her Beast, set in the fantasy land of Sago amid a purging of all the magics in the land"-- Provided by publisher.
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Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2013]


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Shepard-Acres Homes - Houston Public Library Teen/Young Adult Fiction Teen Book MANNE
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She bears no name. Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan capital of Pevorocco in the Western Realm. With her mother vanishing at the instance of her birth, she is sent to live with the cruel, rich Ma Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what. Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics and journeys to the farthest point of the country.

But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life.

But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time. Now for the first time in paperback, Roses is sure to capture your heart as you fall in love with Beauty and her Beast all over again.

For readers 12+, this is a very imaginative, fantasy retelling of a classic fairy tale, which is still popular to the YA genre. With lessons about bullying others and falling in love, this is not only a light, fun read but also engages kids to think about their relationship to others in the real world.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers--picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Born into a world that despises those with Magic Blood, Beauty finds little but cruelty and rejection. With dazzling silver hair and skin, she stands out but finds acceptance only in the stable of her aunt, Ma Dane, with the horse master, Owaine. Her cousin, Eli, watches her constantly but offers no friendship. When the Magical Cleansing begins, she flees with Owaine into the hills. Once again she confronts fear and rejection. Finding solace in working with the wild horses with Owaine, she settles into a hard but simple life. But everything changes when Owaine returns from a trip with a beautiful rose and a curse. Forced to flee from her cousin who has reappeared, Beauty determines that she will take Owaine's place in the curse and face the beast. But she is unable to completely escape the devastation of war or the prophecy that seems to describe her role in it. The descriptive writing leads readers through an unusually powerful retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," reminiscent of Robin McKinley's Rose Daughter (HarperCollins, 1997). Themes of the power of love and loss stand out in a story of hate and ethnic cleansing and war. Some gruesome scenes of violence depict the awful nature of racial conflict that, in this story, focuses on nonhuman creatures and those with magical blood.-Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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