Iron Hearted Violet

Iron Hearted Violet

By (author) Kelly Barnhill , Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

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"The end of their world begins with a story. ""This one." 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.

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 137.16 x 195.58 x 40.64mm | 476.27g
  • 09 Oct 2012
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 0316056731
  • 9780316056731
  • 387,034

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Kelly Barnhill is a poet and writer who also wrote "The Witch's Boy "and "Iron Hearted Violet." "The Mostly True Story of Jack," her debut novel, received four starred reviews. Kelly lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.

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A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner "Barnhill inverts common fairy-tale notions...[and creates] the most inventive rendition of architecture since J.K. Rowling conjured Hogwarts...Poetic." -- "The New York Times Book Review"

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