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Iron Hearted Violet (Paperback)

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By Kelly Barnhill, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
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"In this epic fantasy about the power of storytelling, a not-so-beautiful but rather clever princess, a lowly stable boy, and a cowardly dragon must overcome their own fears (and storybook stereotypes) to save the world from the lies of an ancient and malevolent foe of legend."

— Meghan


Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill spins a wondrously different kind of fairy-tale: In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. But this isn't most fairy tales...
Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being, called the Nybbas, imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true--not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon-the last dragon in existence, in fact-may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.
Iron Hearted Violet is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.

A 2012 Andre Norton Award FinalistA Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner

About the Author

Kelly Barnhill is a poet and a writer. The Mostly True Story of Jack, her debut novel, received four starred reviews. Kelly lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.

Praise For…

A 2012 Andre Norton Award FinalistA Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner

"Barnhill inverts common fairy-tale notions...[and creates] the most inventive rendition of architecture since J.K. Rowling conjured Hogwarts....Poetic."—The New York Times Book Review

"A splendid fantasy...layered and complex, Barnhill's story brings a modern feel to age-old fairy tale tropes."—Publishers Weekly

"Storytelling plays a key role in the book, intriguingly blurring the line between what is real and what is imaginary....Triumphant."—The Horn Book

"Wonderful read-aloud potential...with a likable hero and heroine, a well-paced plot, and a daunting villain."—Booklist

"[Violet] is a princess for our century."—VOYA

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316056755
ISBN-10: 0316056758
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Pages: 424
Language: English