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Ash, by Malinda Lo

Lo, Malinda. Ash. 1st. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2009. Print.

Annotation: When a lonely young woman is befriended by a powerful fairy and a royal huntress, she must choose between loves and between worlds.

Booktalk

Princes are overrated. When Ash’s mother dies, what she wants isn’t a prince, it’s her mother. When her father’s death leaves her an orphan at the mercy of her cruel stepmother, it isn’t a palace she wants, it’s a home. And as she grows up, it’s not fine jewels she hopes for, it’s someone to love and accept her.

This book builds a world very much like the past of our own, but with a rich bend of other culture, as the setting for a retelling of the Cinderella tale. Long before the famed masquerade ball, Ash finds friendship—and maybe more—in the figures of a mysterious fairy man and the king’s huntress. Ash must make her choices alone; will she find the courage and wisdom she needs to face these forces that seem beyond her control?

Awards

Kirkus Besty Young Adult Book, 2009

Locus Recommended Reading List, 2009

Starred Selection, ALA’s Rainbow List, 2010

CCBC Choices, 2010

NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, 2010

CBC/Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2010

Kids’ Indie Next List, 2009

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