The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse

eBook - 2016
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A princess and a peasant girl embark on a dangerous quest to outwit a warning foretelling the fall of the Monarchy. In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a desolate bog the people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it except an ominous warning: If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. Twelve-year-old Princess Jeniah yearns to know what the marsh could conceal that might topple her family's thousand-year reign. After a chance meeting, Princess Jeniah strikes a secret deal with Aon, a girl from a nearby village: Aon will explore the Carse on the princess's behalf, and Jeniah will locate Aon's missing father. But when Aon doesn't return from the Carse, a guilt-stricken Jeniah must try and rescue her friend-even if it means risking the entire Monarchy. In this thrilling modern fairytale, Brian Farrey has created an exciting new world where friendship is more powerful than fate and the most important thing is to question everything.
Publisher: [United States] : Algonquin Young Readers : Made available through hoopla, 2016
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781616205911


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Aug 07, 2016

OK story. kinda dark and deep for young kids. a little complicated. two characters who are not distinct or particularly appealing.

May 26, 2016

The cover and description of this book don't begin to hint at its surprising depth and thoughtfulness -- qualities that the author manages to balance with a thoroughly entertaining plot that won't turn off kids who are less interested in questions of morality. In short, there's something for everyone here, young and old, and I really, really liked it. It's strange to finish reading a middle grade fantasy pondering weighty ethical questions and the important role that sadness plays as a part of our lives. Bonus points for racially and sexually diverse characters being included without making it a focal point of the novel. A lovely book, beginning to end.


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