Valiant

Valiant

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When 17-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system. But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber-coloured powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And then there's Luis's brother, Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet. When a bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been working, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honourable, and as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between affection for him - and fear of what her new friends are becoming because of him.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 372g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New ed
  • NONE
  • 1416901191
  • 9781416901198
  • 210,952

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"Exciting." -- "Publishers Weekly" "Intoxicating." -- "Booklist" "This is a powerful book.... I love it when a girl learns how to be Valiant." -- Tamora Pierce, author of the "Immortals" and "Song of the Lioness" quartets "An edgy but ultimately life-affirming read." -- "Horn Book Guide"
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About Holly Black

Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes, spooky dolls, and crazy hats, she lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo. Together with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, she is the creator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series of children's books.
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Rating details

33,785 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 34% (11,439)
4 32% (10,950)
3 25% (8,287)
2 7% (2,404)
1 2% (705)
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