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Barnesville Public Library Y MCL (Text) 33500013193255 New Available -
Breckenridge Public Library Y MCL (Text) 33500013193248 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 1250162742
  • ISBN: 9781250162748
  • Physical Description: 309 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2020.

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"Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves. Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva's feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever's history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there's more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes." -- Publisher annotation.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2
    *Starred Review* Stitching together scraps of history with contemporary life and the Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Red Shoes," McLemore fashions another gorgeous novel that reminds readers of the ways fairy-tale evils and, more importantly, love have their roots in the real world. Each year for a few days, a glimmer of magic settles over Briar Meadow, and this time it chooses the red shoes famously made by Rosella Oliva's family, making those who wear them bold in life and love. Indeed, Rosella's own pair leads her into the arms of Emil, her childhood friend. But the glimmer also touches Emil's dreams, evoking sights and sounds from five centuries prior when a dancing sickness swept through the area. As the echo of la fièvre de la danse reverberates through Briar Meadow, McLemore relays the tale of the original outbreak, loosely inspired by actual events in sixteenth-century Strasbourg. Here the saga of Lala and Alifair unfolds alongside a heartbreaking need to conceal in order to survive—Lala, her Romani heritage; Alifair, his transgender identity; and mutually, their love. These narrative threads are intricately braided together as Emil reconnects with his past and Rosella finds strength in her own dance of defiance. A thoughtful author's note discusses both the fever and the fairy tale, but it's McLemore's well-choreographed story that will dance on in readers' minds. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of The Weight of Feathers, a finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and was the winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Award; Wild Beauty, and Blanca & Roja.

Subject: Betrayal > Juvenile fiction.
First loves > Juvenile fiction.
Prejudices > Juvenile fiction.
Betrayal > Fiction.
First loves > Fiction.
Prejudices > Fiction.
Love > Fiction.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Romance fiction.

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