Stray

Stray

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Epic, rewarding, and provocative, Elissa Sussman's original fairy tale tells the story of Aislynn, a princess who misbehaves and must give up her royal trappings and enter a life of service as a fairy godmother. Booklist wrote, "Sussman delightfully mixed dystopian tension with retold fairy tales, and the result is something wholly original."

A cross between The Handmaid's Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, this original fairy tale is part coming-of-age story, part adventure, part sweet romance. Will Aislynn remain true to her vows and her royal family and turn away from everything she longs for? Or will she stray from The Path and discover her own way? Includes a recipe for Fairy Godmother Bookbinder Bread, and a map.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 147 x 222 x 31mm | 449g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062274554
  • 9780062274557
  • 1,073,166

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Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her--magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn't it?
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Review quote

"Sussman delightfully mixes dystopian tension with retold fairy tales, and the result is something wholly original." -- Booklist

"The creative use of the role of fairy godmother is fascinating." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The ending is exhilarating and nicely sets up for a sequel." -- San Francisco Book Review

"This fun tale will appeal to reluctant female readers." -- School Library Journal

"A particularly intriguing portrait...of a girl entrenched in a culture that shames women and their magical abilities." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Rating details

2,536 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 24% (602)
4 33% (840)
3 29% (735)
2 11% (273)
1 3% (86)
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