FICTION

Thornwood

Delacorte. (Sisters Ever After: Bk. 1). Apr. 2021. 272p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780593178836.
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Gr 4 Up–Everyone knows about Rosalin, aka Sleeping Beauty, but almost no one knows about Briony, her younger sister, who wakes up to find herself in the castle tower with no memory of how she got there or how she seems to be awake before anyone else. Briony shows up just in time to see the prince kiss her sister and wake her from the curse. But the prince isn’t exactly who he said he was, and the thorns aren’t retreating from the castle, keeping everyone trapped inside. Briony might just be able to figure out the answer—but no one ever listens to the little sister! This retelling adds an original twist to a beloved classic and gives a younger sister a chance to earn a little of the spotlight. All the main characters—the sisters, the prince, and Briony’s new friend Edwin—appear to be light-skinned.
VERDICT A fun, compelling story that will keep readers engaged; recommended for younger siblings, fans of princess stories, and fantasy lovers.

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