First, before you do or think anything about the book I’m going to mention, look at its gorgeous cover art. Possibly sit and drink it in, if you have the time. Okay, done that? Well, I don’t see how you could NOT want to read the book. However, if you haven’t fallen under the sway of the cover... I shall parade a few facts! Middle Grade. Fairy tale. A story within a book that changes as it is told—or acted out. Dragon. Clever, reckless princess. My dears, this novel sounds lovely and a bit like Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland books. Which are some of the best children’s books ever. I can tell this story and I will get along like a house on fire. Or possibly like a clever princess and an unusual dragon. Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette), and releases on October 9th, 2012.
The end of their world begins with a story.
In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales.
Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being—called the Nybbas—imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true—not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph…or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.
Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.
What books are you waiting on?