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Thornspell Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 9, 2008

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Confined to a country castle while his father fights in the south, bored Prince Sigismund dreams of adventures he believes happen only in stories. The nearby Wood is the source of most of his fantasies; it’s been forbidden since his great grandfather’s time, and stories abound as to why. No one visits the castle, and the gates rarely open, so when Sigismund spies a wealthy carriage on the road, he rushes to meet it and is flung headlong into an adventure involving the dangerous Wood, an enchanted palace, and a princess sleeping among thorns. Aided by a dragon and other allies, his own magic, and a legendary sword, Sigismund must break the spell before the evil fairy who cast it can gain enough power to take over his world. This reimagining of Sleeping Beauty follows the prince as he develops from a wistful little boy who longs for his stern father’s approval into the worthy hero he is destined to be. This version fittingly has more swordplay and dangerous escapades than romance, but it still ends happily ever after. Grades 4-7. --Krista Hutley

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"A quiet hero anchors this nicely crafted blend of fairy tale and dreamscape. . . . A narrative that begins as an exploration of fairy-tale archetypes thus moves into a very human and nevertheless magical drama. Thoughtful and understated." —Kirkus Reviews

"The charming modifications hang together nicely with the traditional elements of the story, and romance readers as well as fairy-tale aficionados will delight in this deft handling of the tale." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This reimagining of 'Sleeping Beauty' follows the prince as he develops from a wistful little boy who longs for his stern father's approval into the worthy hero he is destined to be." —Booklist

Product details

  • Grade Level : 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure : 1070L
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions : 5.93 x 1.11 x 8.52 inches
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 9, 2008)
  • ASIN : B003IWYJ2M
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16 ratings