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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library Y LIM (Text) 33500013094826 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library Y LIM (Text) 33500013094818 New Checked out 06/01/2020
Roseau Public Library ya LIM (Text) 35500006193583 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525646990
  • ISBN: 052564699X
  • ISBN: 9780525647003
  • ISBN: 0525647007
  • Physical Description: 392 pages : map ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
Disguising herself as a boy to compete for the position of imperial tailor, Maia must somehow complete the impossible task of sewing three magic gowns for the emperor's bride-to-be from the sun's laughter, the moon's tears, and the blood of stars.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    Seamstress Maia Tamarin has always dreamed of being a renowned tailor, but after the war took two of her brothers and returned the third without the use of his legs, she is struggling to cope with her new reality. When a messenger arrives on behalf of the emperor demanding her ailing father compete for the position of imperial tailor—or send his most skilled son in his stead—Maia accepts the invitation herself in disguise. After besting her competitors in several rounds of Project Runway-style challenges, Maia's final task is one many have died endeavoring: she is to create three dresses, made from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of the stars. With the help of a pair of magic scissors and Edan, the emperor's beguiling enchanter, Maia travels the kingdom gathering the mythic materials, battling demons, and evading mercenaries. Beautifully written with a can't-wait-for-the-sequel ending, this breathtaking and fast-paced Silk-road inspired fantasy from the author of Mulan-retelling Reflection (2018) is sure to enchant readers beginning to end. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

ELIZABETH LIM grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was raised on a hearty diet of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Before becoming an author, Elizabeth was a professional film and video game composer, and she still tends to come up with her best book ideas when writing near a piano. An alumna of Harvard College and the Juilliard School, she now lives in New York City with her husband and her daughter.

Spin the Dawn is her first original novel, and its companion in the Blood of Stars series, Unravel the Dusk, will be published in summer 2020. For more information, visit her online ( or follow her on Twitter (@LizLim) or Instagram (@elimpix).

Subject: Women tailors > Juvenile fiction.
Contests > Juvenile fiction.
Magic > Juvenile fiction.
Women tailors > Fiction.
Contests > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.

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