One-armed Queen by Jane Yolen

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The Queen of the Dales, White Jenna, had three children: two boys of her body, Jemson and Corrie, and one daughter, the eldest, Scillia. Scillia was adopted by the Queen in the way of her people, the Warrior Priestesses of the Hames, and Scillia is the heir, destined to rule the Dales when Jenna dies. But the king of Garun-over-the-Sea, a nation that has been at war with the Dales for a generation, cannot believe that an adopted daughter could take precedence over a natural-born son. The Garuns will use every wile to convince Jemson, the eldest boy, to rebel against his mother and sister, and take the throne for his own, weakening the Dales and leaving the land open for a new Garun invasion.

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Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received her BA from Smith College in 1960. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults and adults. Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic, which tells the story of the life of a Jew in a concentration camp. She has won a multitude of medals for her work including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.
Published November 1, 1998 by Tor Books. 332 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But after Peter's four-year-old sister, Molly, colors on a strange map in the attic, thereby freeing a power-mad wizard, Peter and his twin sister, Jennifer, must admit that magic not only exists, but is far more menacing than they had ever imagined.

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Following the format of the two earlier books in the White Jenna oeuvre (Sister Light, Sister Dark and White Jenna), the third shows how myth, legend, song, history and story interweave to create a magical tale that is neither wholly truth nor simply fancy.

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The traditional enemy of the Dales is Garun and it had been decided during the negotiation of the peace treaty that the two nations exchange their princes, Jem of Dales and Gadwess of Garun.

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