Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

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Based on a classic Grimm's fairy tale, this is the story told by Dashti, a maid from the steppes of a medieval land, who sacrifices her freedom to accompany her mistress into exile. Imprisoned in a remote tower after Lady Saren refuses to marry the man her father has chosen, the maid and the lady have almost nothing in common. But the loyalty that grows between the two, the man they love in different ways for different reasons, and the lies they tell because of and in spite of each other, combine to evoke the deepest bonds, transcend the loneliest landscapes, and erupt in a conclusion so romantic, so clever, and so right that no reader will be left dry-eyed.
 

About Shannon Hale

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Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written three books for adults, Austenland (now in production to be a major motion picture starring Keri Russell), Midnight in Austenland, and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, the author Dean Hale, and their four children. www.shannonhale.com
 
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Hale captures her sturdy personality, Saren’s mental fragility and Khan Tegus’s romantic warrior as vibrantly as she limns the stark terror of the Mongolian cold and the ugly spirit from which Khasar draws his strength.

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the cruelty of certain parental objections formed for the wrong reasons and how a reprimand for rebellion and disobedience can go too far, Shannon Hale goes even further with her extension of Maid Maleen in Book of a Thousand Days, where every character has its place and the servant girl becomes ...

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Examiner

Hale's expressive contemplation of the confusing natures of good and evil supports the graceful metamorphosis of Maid Maleen into Book of a Thousand Days, the complex journey of two young girls simply searching for freedom from oppression and the ultimate desire—to be happy.

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All About Romance

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Young Dashti, an impoverished lady's maid, feels "like a jewel in a treasure box" as she and her young mistress, Saren, are locked into a tower to cure Saren's disobedient heart.

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The Bookbag

There is a great deal of soul-searching in this book, and as Rinna's confusion about herself lasts for most of the book some readers might find it hard at first to identify with her.

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The Bookbag

I like fairy tales an' all, but I wasn't sure a single fairy tale spun out for three hundred pages was going to float my boat at all.

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Teen Reads

When Tegus Kahn (a young man the Lady Saren prefers) appears, Lady Saren forces Dashti to be her voice, and he unknowingly begins courting Dashti.

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A Patchwork of Books

It depends on which I've read most recently.Jac: This very moment I'm going to say Book of a Thousand Days, but if I ever get around to reading the Goose Girl books - ducks from invisible flying objects coming from Erin's direction - my answer might just change.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

The whole of Bayern is ill at ease when its king and queen decide to send a delegation to Tira, a rival nation that attempted to conquer Bayern the previous year.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Shannon Hale's Book of a Thousand Days is a beautiful novel based on an obscure fairytale from the Brothers Grimm (though the author admits she has taken "many liberties” with the original).

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Sanger Public Library

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) American writer, philosopher, poet, essayist Plinkit is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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SBY Teens

Saren’s refusal seems to be a love story with Dashti believing that Saren refuses Lord Khasar simply because she is in love with another…suitor number two Lord Khan Tegus.

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