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Iron Hearted Violet released, in October 2012, my daughter and I attended a reading by its author, Kelly Barnhill. It was fun to hear Kelly read her story's opening, and we all oooh'ed and ahhh'ed over the book's cover and interior art. It was even more fun in the days after, however, to read the rest of Iron Hearted Violet.
The premise: Princess Violet is not a beautiful princess. But she is smart . . . and very good at story-telling. She and her best friend Demetrius find a book one day--a forbidden book--that tells of an evil being who has been imprisoned in their world. But stories are just stories . . . until they become more than that.
What keeps readers reading: The twisty-curvy plot. A girl, a boy, and the last dragon alive can save all they love -- if they are brave enough and have the courage to see beyond the story they know. What makes this novel even more rich is its point of view. It's told by the palace storyteller. Brilliant.
What I loved: Kelly Barnhill's storytelling. The world she created and the characters who live there and the things they experience are so developed and so much more than simply a story. Kelly makes readers think -- and I love that in a story.
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