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Author: Craig, Erin A.
Publisher: Delacorte/ Penguin Random House
Year Published: 2019
ISBN: 9781984831927
Grades: Grades 7-12

House of Salt and Sorrows

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Debut author Erin A. Craig has created a unique reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairytale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” blending mythic and gothic storytelling with twists and mind games. On a remote island estate governed by a maritime mythology, a hauntingly doomed family is brought to life. Annaleigh, the courageous inquisitive heroine and the sixth of twelve sisters, must unravel the curse that surrounds her wealthy family, where four of her older beautiful sisters have mysteriously died, before the evil claims her too. She is haunted by terrible vivid ghostly visions when the sisters discover a magical doorway that transports them to lavish parties where they dance through the soles of their shoes. When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger with secrets of his own intensifies to romance, the race to unravel the darkness overshadowing her family is ramped up, with the amazing ending a surprise. This spin on the original dark tale includes a suspicious step-mother, gods, magical elements, terrifying visions, descriptive world-builing, tantalizing suspense, and sweet romance. Mature middle school and young adult readers of fantasy and fairytales will enjoy this imaginative tale.

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