Fantasies set in Italy based on fairytales

THE WAGER 

2010 Henry Holt and Company (pb 2014)

ISBN 978-0-8050-8781-9

  • Bank Street Best Books selection

  • starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  • starred review BCCB

  • shortlisted for the Cybils Award in YA Fantasy & Science Fiction

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:

... lush feasts and brightly colored brocades give way to wretched scenes described in lurid detail...human nature at its worst and its best.

 

BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

... journey of the senses... Impeccable pacing...

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DARK SHIMMER

2015 Random House (pb 2016)
ISBN 978-0-385-74655-7

  • starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  • starred review from BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:

An achingly lovely, sometimes frightening reimagining.

 

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

...unique and gripping ... engrossing and original feel... brilliant spin on a familiar fairy tale.

 

BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

...a sumptuously dark retelling of “Snow White,” bringing humanity to the wicked stepmother while still holding her accountable for her crimes....absolutely wrenching

 

HORN BOOK:

...elegantly detailed historical fiction with characters whose anguish cuts straight to the heart... lush prose

 

KIRKUS:

...offers depth and cleverness and delight... profound vision of painful love

 

BOOKLIST:

...exceptionally clever and well-researched.... This emotional tale is a surefire winner for fans of fractured fairy tales.

blog TeenReads:

This brilliant take on an old, familiar tale never ceases to intrigue and surprise with every chapter.

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