Elske by Cynthia Voigt

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Elske is a girl with no future—until her grandmother's sacrifice saves her from certain death.

Beriel is an imperious princess—determined to claim the kingdom that is her birthright.

Fate brings them together, both exiles, one servant to the other. To Beriel, the mistress, Elske offers steadfast loyalty and courage—hard to come by in her dangerous quest to regain the throne she has been denied by treachery. To Elske, the handmaiden, Beriel’s proud example provides a perhaps even more precious gift: the strength to find her true self.

About Cynthia Voigt

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Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle-grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.
Published February 26, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 312 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Responding deeply to Beriel’s inner fire, Elske becomes her steadfast servant, finding a home for her secretly-borne child, following her on the long, dangerous journey back to her kingdom, and, while she is away battling her treacherous brother for the throne, cleverly driving off an invading co...

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In a starred review, PW called this final volume in Voigt's Kingdom cycle "thrilling, from its dramatic opener to its stunning climax."

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(Oct.) FYI: The Vermeer masterpiece that appears on the jacket, Head of a Girl (a painting that also appears this season on the cover of the adult novel Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier), links Elske with the simultaneously reissued paperback of another novel in the Kingdom cycle, On ...

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Just when most fiction for young adults would have Elske marry the master of the house (whose children she cared for while their mother suffered from a lingering sickness) Voigt takes Elske down a different path.

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A Patchwork of Books

I wonder if the Voice in our writing could be described so variously.For Example:Jack NIcholson's voice sounds like: "A harmonica" — Yoanne Chartron Vocal Impressions, Hearing Voices, Round One has voice excerpts/voice descriptions of Morgan Freeman, Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote and Patsy ...

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Christina Zou rates it 5 out of 5 -- THIS BOOK IS GOOD...WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?

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