Allow 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
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.