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The Executioner's Daughter by [Hardstaff, Jane]

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Gr 5–8—Moss hates her life as the basket girl and executioner's daughter, so she leaves the tower for subsistence living along the river with an orphan named Salter. In this British import, Hardstaff weaves a coming-of-age story set in Tudor England with folklore about a Riverwitch. Moss's frustrations with her father's overprotectiveness and her desire to somehow connect with her late mother are genuine. Moss matures as she searches for where her mother died and through her friendship with Salter. She fully realizes Salter's "bread first, then morals" philosophy during her escapade to Hampton Court. The Riverwitch folklore and the suspense that it creates, along with the themes of love and family, strengthen Moss's story. Parts of the novel, particularly Moss meeting the queen, feel contrived and too heavy-handed. The sequel, River Daughter (Egmont UK, 2015), is stronger and more engaging than the first entry, as it focuses more squarely on Moss's connection with the river and the Riverwitch. An author's note that briefly describes the inspiration for the story is included. VERDICT Though this work is not as enthralling as Karen Cushman's historical fiction, readers who enjoy history and folklore will learn about Tudor England through a commoner's eyes in this British import.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY

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"Hardstaff imbues her debut novel with rich, sensory language. . . . [C]lever Moss' compelling story is a gratifying one, and kids who love spooky, grim tales will easily be lured in." --Booklist

"[Hardstaff] excels with her depiction of Tudor England, offering lavish descriptions of clothing and food . . . and a slew of stench and grime. . . . A richly detailed debut with a classic feel, full of grit, gore, and gilt." --Kirkus Reviews

"Hardstaff's debut is a fast-moving and suspenseful adventure . . . [that] believably conveys the gritty details of life on the edge in the context of historical events of the era." --Publishers Weekly

"Hardstaff weaves a coming-of-age story set in Tudor England with folklore about a Riverwitch. . . . The Riverwitch folklore and the suspense that it creates, along with the themes of love and family, strengthen Moss's story. . . . [R]eaders who enjoy history and folklore will learn about Tudor England through a commoner's eyes in this British import." --School Library Journal

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  • File Size: 3731 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (April 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BV2WFBW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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