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Rebelling against the order that forbids her to use her special powers, which enable her to make her thoughts real, Princess Lenora runs away from an unwanted marriage and falls prey to the fierce tyrant Hevak.
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Perry Nodelman is a professor of English at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of "The Pleasures of Children's Literature", an introduction to literary and theoretical approaches to children's literature recently released in a new third edition written in collaboration with Mavis Reimer. He has also published three novels for young adults and, in collaboration with Carol Matas, the young adult Fantasies in the Minds series.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-This collaboration begins with elements borrowed from traditional fairy tales, then offers an original, unpredictable twist; fresh, well-rounded characters; and an ambiguous, thought-provoking ending. The complex plot follows the adventures of Lenora, a headstrong princess with the power to make anything she imagines real, and Coren, the shy prince chosen by her parents to be her husband. Trapped in a strange land and stripped of their powers (Coren had been able to read the thoughts not only of humans, but also of animals and objects), the two must work together to overthrow the tyrannical Hevak, restore harmony to the country, and return home safely. Their triumph is particularly impressive and meaningful because it involves learning self-mastery (Lenora) and self-confidence (Coren) rather than simply overcoming an outside challenge through brute force. That the happy ending comes with no guarantees (and no imminent wedding bells) makes it even more believable and satisfying. The story moves swiftly and the writing is consistently smooth, with sophisticated vocabulary and challenging concepts. Matas and Nodelman have themselves done a heroic job of melding their two voices to create a kaleidoscope of character, cultures, and events that offers both entertainment and enrichment to young readers.
Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0689801386
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0689801386