Alia Waking by Laura Williams McCaffrey

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Alia wants nothing more than to be selected as a keenten, a warrior woman. Her friend Kay, strong and fierce, is sure to be chosen, but Alia is not nearly as certain about herself. When Kay stumbles upon a shelter in the woods belonging to two Beechians, enemies of their people, the girls see a perfect opportunity to prove their courage and worth. But then strange events unfold, and Alia begins to question everything that has always been certain in her life—her friendship with Kay, her opinions of the Beechians and of war, even her singular desire to become a keenten.

A vividly portrayed, perfectly realized world and elements of the supernatural provide a magical setting for this stirring story, which will resonate long after the final page is turned.

About Laura Williams McCaffrey

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Laura Williams McCaffrey is an elementary-school librarian and the author of the novel Alia Waking, a fantasy for middle-grade readers. She lives in East Montpelier, Vermont.
Published March 25, 2003 by Clarion Books. 214 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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