Sunday, May 15, 2011

dragonfly by julia golding

This story has it all: a smart princess, a cute-coming-of-age prince, a good-natured giant, humor, romance, and a plot that keeps the pages flying without becoming unrealistic (in a fantastical kind of way)! Taoshira (Tashi), the Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands, is less than thrilled when she finds out that a marriage to Prince Ramil ac Burinholt of Gerfal has been arranged for political reasons. Ram isn't excited about becoming a groom either. Tashi travels to the Gerfalian capitol to meet her betrothed, the two of them are kidnapped by neighboring warmonger Fergox during an unsuccessful riding lesson, and the flame is lit. Julia Golding captures the wondrous transition from irritation to adoration that so often happens in first love. Dragonfly would be an excellent catalyst to a discussion on tolerance and justice.Give this to fans of The Princess Bride, Graceling, or The Hunger Games, and they will eat it up. Grade 6+