Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
(Books of Bayern)

72%

5 Critic Reviews

Hale’s burning prose, while weighted to talk rather than action, allows for many themes: the devoted friendship between women, as Isi and Enna risk their lives for each other; the appeal of the bad boy...Powerful and romantic.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

When her mother dies, Enna leaves the city and her friends to move back home with her brother, Leifer. She thought life would be simpler and more manageable in the forest. But Enna's was not meant to be a simple life, and when Leifer brings home a mysterious piece of vellum and starts setting fires-without a spark, without flint-something seems wrong. Enna cannot decide if that something is a power she wants for herself, or if it's a power that should be extinguished forever. And when her country, Bayern, goes to war, that choice becomes unbearable as her friendships are tested and her sense of self nearly lost in the fires she creates. Ultimately Enna and her best friend, Isi, take a nearly impossible journey in search of a cure for the war around them-and for the wars within themselves.

* A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

* An Amazon "Editor's Pick" for Best Book of the Year

* An Association of Booksellers for Children "Best Book," Science Fiction & Fantasy category

"[T]his novel's pulsing heart lies in rich writing and sharply drawn characters, elements that will be devoured by genre fans just like kindling beneath flames." -Booklist

"[An] original tale that stands on its own . . . with a richly detailed setting, eloquent descriptions, a complex plot, a large cast of characters, and romance, this high fantasy will be welcomed by fans of The Goose Girl and those who have yet to discover it."-School Library Journal "Powerful and romantic." -Kirkus Reviews

Don't miss the companion novels:
THE GOOSE GIRL 1-58234-990-8 pb - $8.95 1-58234-843-X hc - $17.95
RIVER SECRETS 1-59990-293-1 pb - $8.99 1-58234-901-0 hc - $17.95
FOREST BORN 1-59990-167-6 hc - $17.99
 

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. 370 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average

Hale’s burning prose, while weighted to talk rather than action, allows for many themes: the devoted friendship between women, as Isi and Enna risk their lives for each other; the appeal of the bad boy...Powerful and romantic.

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Teen Reads

Good
on Sep 15 2004

With elements of fantasy, drama, adventure, and a little romance, ENNA BURNING is a good, fast-paced book that I would recommend to anyone, even if they haven't read its praised companion THE GOOSE GIRL.

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Deseret News

Above average
on Sep 05 2004

Hale has succeeded in creating her own fairy tale with fire as its foundation — a soothing, warming, cozy comfort to life or a life-threatening, frightening power that cannot be controlled.

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Rambles

Above average
Reviewed by Laurie Thayer on Mar 12 2008

This is a novel for young adults, the companion to Hale's The Goose Girl. The characters are likeable, the plot is well thought-out and original. It is every bit as entertaining as its predecessor.

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A Motley Vision

Above average
on Aug 25 2007

A better read than Goose Girl, which I liked, Enna Burning tells the “ever after” story of one of Goose Girl’s secondary characters, Enna...

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