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Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Contributor(s): Bashardoust, Melissa
ISBN: 1250077737     ISBN-13: 9781250077738
Publisher: Flatiron Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
Annotation: A reimagining of "Snow White" describes the past and present experiences of a magician's daughter who becomes a heartless queen and her beautiful rival stepdaughter.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Queens; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Dewey: 813/.6
LCCN: 2017022388
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.50" W x 1.25" (1.25 lbs) 375 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 192621
Reading Level: 6.2   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 18.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71885
Reading Level: 6.4   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 26.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 July #1)

In Bashardoust's debut, a richly written rethinking of Snow White, Princess Lynet and her stepmother, Queen Mina, fight the fates imposed by their fathers. When Mina was small, her sorcerer father, Gregory, replaced her failing heart with a glass one. Gregory claims that without a heartbeat, Mina is unlovable; to disprove him, she marries the widowed King Nicholas and earns the adoration of a kingdom. Her reign as queen is only temporary, though: when Nicholas's daughter, Lynet, turns 16, Nicholas grants her rule over Mina's territory. Lynet ponders declining the power transfer, but then overhears Mina plotting against her. Further complicating matters is Lynet's discovery that she wasn't born but was conjured from snow in the late Queen Emilia's image at her father's request, leading a horrified Lynet to flee the castle. A romantic subplot involving Lynet and a young surgeon named Nadia adds further drama and tension as Bashardoust thoughtfully reflects on the complicated nature of the stepdaughter/stepmother relationship while exploring agency, individuality, love, and free will. Ages 12–up. Agent: Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, DeFiore and Company. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

Gr 8 Up—When Mina fell ill, her father the magician cut out her dying heart and replaced it with glass. Unable to love or be loved, Mina learns that beauty can be used to manipulate others. At 16, she leaves the South with her father to move North where snow perpetually falls. Her father is being rewarded for curing the king's daughter, the cover story the king is using for having the magician create a baby replica of the recently deceased queen out of snow and blood. Soon after, Mina marries the king in hopes that being queen will bring her the love she desires. However, she forms a real bond with her stepdaughter Lynet. At 15, when Lynet learns what she really is, the clash for the role of queen begins. While kill or be killed is the only option Mina sees, Lynet believes she can save Mina's heart and find a happily ever after for everyone. Told in alternating viewpoints, this work uses elements from recognizable fairy tales to create an empowering novel with strong, three-dimensional female protagonists who refuse to let jealousy and power break their bond. Filled with magic, adventure, and interesting characters such as the huntsman created by Mina from glass to cure her loneliness, and Nadia the fearless court surgeon whose friendship with Lynet turns to something more, this debut will keep readers thoroughly engaged. VERDICT A refreshing and progressive original retelling. Highly recommended.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

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