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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by [Oakes, Stephanie]
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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Minnow Bly survives when her hands are chopped off as punishment for refusing to wed the self-proclaimed "Kevinian" Prophet, leader of an oppressive, polygamous Montana wilderness cult in which she was raised. When someone sets fire to the Community and the Prophet is killed, Minnow runs away. Furious, frightened, and heartbroken, she lashes out and commits a hideous random assault, almost kicking a mentally disturbed young man to death—hence the gruesome, startling opening sentence, "I am a blood-soaked girl." Imprisoned for this crime in a juvenile detention facility until age 18, Minnow is coaxed to reveal the truth about the demise of the Community. As she struggles to understand the world around her and to choose what secrets to keep or let go, her tough yet wise cellmate Angel, murderer of an uncle for sexual assault, becomes a friend and guide. Minnow learns to read; discloses a secret, forbidden romance with Jude, a biracial boy she met in the forest; and finally reveals what actually happened the night the Community went up in flames. Based on Grimm's fairy tale, "The Handless Maiden," the powerful, fluent writing; engrossing and well-layered mystery; compelling characters; and provocative ideas about family, faith, honesty, loyalty, and friendship are engaging. VERDICT Ellen Hopkins devotees and fans of The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (St. Martin's Griffin, 2009) will seek this one out.—Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, CO

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Now a 2016 Morris Award Honor Book, a 2015 Booklist Editors' Choice, a 2015 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, and a 2016 Texas TAYSHAS Top Ten Book!
*"In beautiful and harrowing prose, Stephanie Oakes debut peels back the veneer of fairytales to reveal their inherent darkness." "Booklist," STARRED REVIEW
* "Suspense, dread, and hope intermingle in Oakes s charged, page-turning debut." "Publishers Weekly," STARRED REVIEW
* "Atruly thought-provoking and spectacular story. "VOYA, "Perfect 10/STARRED REVIEW
""The Scared Lies of Minnow Bly"is a psychological thriller, a commentary on our justice system, and a must read book." Hypable
"A page-turner in the truest form of the phrase." Bustle
"A profoundly thoughtful and meaningful read...if you care about girls, you should read it. And since everyone should care about girls, everyone should read it." Teen Librarian Toolbox
"The unravelling of the mystery and the timing of the revelations is masterful, culminating in an explosively rewarding ending. Unflinching, unrelenting and visceral, this one has undeniable adult crossover appeal." "The Globe and Mail"
"Based on Grimm s fairy tale, The Handless Maiden, the powerful, fluent writing; engrossing and well-layered mystery; compelling characters; and provocative ideas about family, faith, honesty, loyalty, and friendship are engaging....Ellen Hopkins devotees and fans of The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams will seek this one out." "School Library Journal"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Now a 2016 Morris Award Honor Book, a 2016 Golden Kite Honor Book, 2015 Booklist Editors' Choice, a 2015 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, and a 2016 Texas TAYSHAS Top Ten Book!
*"In beautiful and harrowing prose, Stephanie Oakes debut peels back the veneer of fairytales to reveal their inherent darkness." "Booklist," STARRED REVIEW
* "Suspense, dread, and hope intermingle in Oakes s charged, page-turning debut." "Publishers Weekly," STARRED REVIEW
* "Atruly thought-provoking and spectacular story. "VOYA, "Perfect 10/STARRED REVIEW
""The Scared Lies of Minnow Bly"is a psychological thriller, a commentary on our justice system, and a must read book." Hypable
"A page-turner in the truest form of the phrase." Bustle
"A profoundly thoughtful and meaningful read...if you care about girls, you should read it. And since everyone should care about girls, everyone should read it." Teen Librarian Toolbox
"The unravelling of the mystery and the timing of the revelations is masterful, culminating in an explosively rewarding ending. Unflinching, unrelenting and visceral, this one has undeniable adult crossover appeal." "The Globe and Mail"
"Based on Grimm s fairy tale, The Handless Maiden, the powerful, fluent writing; engrossing and well-layered mystery; compelling characters; and provocative ideas about family, faith, honesty, loyalty, and friendship are engaging....Ellen Hopkins devotees and fans of The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams will seek this one out." "School Library Journal"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Now a Morris Award Honor Book, Golden Kite Honor Book, Booklist Editors' Choice, New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee and a Texas TAYSHAS Top Ten Book!
*"In beautiful and harrowing prose, Stephanie Oakes debut peels back the veneer of fairytales to reveal their inherent darkness." "Booklist," STARRED REVIEW
* "Suspense, dread, and hope intermingle in Oakes s charged, page-turning debut." "Publishers Weekly," STARRED REVIEW
* "Atruly thought-provoking and spectacular story. "VOYA, "Perfect 10/STARRED REVIEW
""The Scared Lies of Minnow Bly"is a psychological thriller, a commentary on our justice system, and a must read book." Hypable
"A page-turner in the truest form of the phrase." Bustle
"A profoundly thoughtful and meaningful read...if you care about girls, you should read it. And since everyone should care about girls, everyone should read it." Teen Librarian Toolbox
"The unravelling of the mystery and the timing of the revelations is masterful, culminating in an explosively rewarding ending. Unflinching, unrelenting and visceral, this one has undeniable adult crossover appeal." "The Globe and Mail"
"Based on Grimm s fairy tale, The Handless Maiden, the powerful, fluent writing; engrossing and well-layered mystery; compelling characters; and provocative ideas about family, faith, honesty, loyalty, and friendship are engaging....Ellen Hopkins devotees and fans of The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams will seek this one out." "School Library Journal"

"From the Hardcover edition.""


Product details

  • File Size: 808 KB
  • Print Length: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (June 9, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2015
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O2BKKQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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