Flora's Dare

Flora's Dare : How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room)

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Flora Fyrdraaca wants nothing more than to be a ranger, and for that she must master the magickal and dangerous language of Gramatica. But before she can find the ideal teacher, her aspirations are put to the test. Would a true ranger be intimidated by a tentacle that reaches for her from the depths of a toilet? Be daunted by her best friend s transformation into a notorious outlaw, thanks to a pair of sparkly stolen boots? Be cowed by the revelation that only she can rescue the city of Califa from the violent earthquakes that threaten its survival?
Never. Saving her city and her best friend are the least a Girl of Spirit can do yet what Flora doesn t expect are the life-altering revelations she learns about her family and herself."
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 511 pages
  • 114 x 176 x 36mm | 358.34g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0152054030
  • 9780152054038
  • 430,098

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Praise for "Flora's Dare" Winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy "Wilce creates a fantastic and unique world. . . . Guaranteed thrills, chills, and amazing revelations." "VOYA" * "This fresh and funky setting is rich with glorious costumes, innovative language and tantalizing glimpses of history." "Kirkus Reviews, " starred review "Never loses its sense of fun." "Booklist" Praise for "Flora Segunda" """Highly original, strange and amusing ...treats young readers with respect." Diana Wynne Jones * "A thoroughly original magical world marks this witty debut...Tantalizingly, the open-ended conclusion hints there might be more to come from this compelling and funny heroine." "Kirkus Reviews, " starred review "Like [Philip] Pullman s Lyra Silvertongue or [Terry] Pratchett s Tiffany Aching, Flora Fyrdraaca is a descendant of Jo March rather than a fainting beauty who needs rescuing." "The New York Times Book Review" Praise for "Flora's Fury" "[A] thrilling, bizarre ride."--"The Horn Book" "Readers return to our heroine at a pivotal moment in her growth . . . Flora fans will love old mysteries solved."--"Kirkus Reviews" "Offers some enjoyable twists . . . fans of Flora will not be disappointed."--"VOYA, "3Q 2P J S "A charming conclusion to a fine fantasy series."--"Booklist""
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1,387 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 37% (515)
4 41% (573)
3 17% (239)
2 3% (39)
1 2% (21)

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Flora Fydraaca is one busy young lady. Between her search for a Gramatica instructor, dealing with the fallout of her best friend Udo's moneymaking schemes in the bounty-hunting biz, elder sister Idden's desertion from Califa's military, discovering and thwarting the source of a series of deadly earthquakes threatening the city, a freshly sober and keenly aware father, a burgeoning crush on Califa's greatest living magickal adept and old Fydraaca family enemy Lord Axacaya, tentacles accosting her in public bathrooms, family secrets, assassination attempts, and inadequate sartorial resources - it's a wonder the girl has time to breathe. At least this time around, Crackpot Manor's one and only accessible potty is up and running... There is so much going on in FLORA'S DARE that it's by no means an overstatement to call the book a fantasy fiction lover's treasure trove. Author Ysabeau S. Wilce has done a remarkable job creating and populating Flora's world with multiple, complex plots and subplots, and plenty of intriguing information to keep readers coming back for more. I deeply appreciated the level of sophistication Ms. Wilce has invested in the creation of Flora's world. She easily juggles plot threads without causing any confusion to the reader. By building the backstory of Flora's friends, family, adversaries, and the heroine herself into the narrative, she has created a series that will sustain itself over a number of books, striking the perfect balance between a compelling story and characters that are quirky yet deeply flawed.show more
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