Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

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Madeleine and Rogan are first cousins, best friends, twinned souls, each other’s first love. Even within their large, disorderly family—all descendants of a famous actress—their intensity and passion for theater sets them apart. It makes them a little dangerous. When they are cast in their school’s production of Twelfth Night, they are forced to face their separate talents and futures, and their future together. This masterful short novel, winner of the World Fantasy Award, is magic on paper.
 

About Elizabeth Hand

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ELIZABETH HAND, a New York Times notable author, has written eight novels andseveral short-story collections. She has won the Shirley Jackson Award, the James TiptreeAward, the Nebula Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award (three times), and many others.Her novella, “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” was recently nominated fora Hugo Award. Hand is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the WashingtonPost Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.
 
Published May 13, 2010 by Viking Children's. 147 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Their latent dramatic talents emerge when they star together in the school production of Twelfth Night, but their overly close relationship triggers parental intervention, forcing Maddy to choose between the wayward Rogan and a possible acting career.

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In this enchanting fantasy with a romance far more taboo than the current spate of paranormal pairings, Madeline and Rogan are 14-year-old first cousins and deeply in love.

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They will order nearly any book you want, as long as it can be found somewhere in the large library system, and have it delivered to the library nearest you.

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Bookmarks Magazine

When they are cast in their school’s production of Twelfth Night, they are forced to face their separate talents and futures, and their future together.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Romanticized forbidden love has proven to be an irresistible them through the years, in such notable works as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

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