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Monday, March 03, 2008

Recently Read by Kathy Frampton...

I just read Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. It's a young adult romance/fantasy based on the the Grimm fairy tale, "Maid Maleen" (read it here). I was just captivated by this book. The story is about Dashti who is an orphan maid to Lady Saren. They are sealed up in a tower by Saren's father because she refuses to marry the man her father has chosen for her. The book is a diary written by the maid, and it narrates the story of their imprisonment, escape, survival, and deception and eventually leads to an extremely satisfying ending. It also documents the changing relationship of Dashti and Saren which slowly grows from servant to friend to sister. This is a fast read, but it will stay with you for a long time.....


Blogger Melba Tomeo said...

Sorry, faithful readers, this sounded so good I checked it out myself. But I promise to read quickly. Fairy and folk tales are ripe fodder for both the young adult variations and the children's illustrators. And, shameless plug, we have a very nice collection of the above categories in the IMC, plus many, many folk tales from around the world. Thanks, Kathy, for the recommendation!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Melba Tomeo said...

I really enjoyed this -- thanks, Kathy!

8:39 PM  

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