Thursday, May 8, 2014

YA-Crossover Forthcoming Favorite: THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING

The Queen of the Tearling By Erika JohansenAllow me to introduce you to the book all your students will soon be reading: Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling.

The #1 Indie Next Pick for July, and the first book in an epic trilogy that is already being adapted into a movie starring Emma Watson, The Queen of the Tearling is a post-apocalyptic fantasy set in a future era reminiscent of the Dark Ages. In this new world, books are rare, modern technology is seemingly non-existent, and the citizens of the Tearling suffer terribly to appease the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. The Tearling’s only hope is a young princess—raised in exile—who must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler, and defeat the Red Queen.

What makes the book such an exciting YA crossover is its protagonist—Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn—whose coming-of-age story drives the novels. But bookish Kelsea is not your typical YA heroine: she is strong, smart, and incorruptible, but she is also clumsy, hot-tempered, and doesn’t fit into the cookie-cutter standard of beauty most YA girl protagonists do. In short, she is a highly complex character who students will root for and relate to.

Erika Johansen was recently interviewed by Library Journal's Pre-pub Alert editor, Barbara Hoffert, in our offices. You can check out the whole interview here, in which Johansen discusses her writing, Kelsea, and the authors who impacted her. 

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