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Author: Berry, Julie
Publisher: Viking / Penguin Random House
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9780451469922
Grades: Grades 9 to 12

The Passion of Dolssa

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Critically acclaimed YA author Julie Berry paints thirteenth century French and Spanish countryside with brilliant description in this gritty medieval tale about a young woman accused of heresy and her journey to escape execution at the hands of the Inquisition.┬áChapters alternate points of view between Dolssa, a young gentlewoman with uncanny mystical gifts, the friars who are obsessed with burning her at┬áthe stake as a heretic, and Botille, a spunky peasant who befriends the runaway and offers her a home at her supportive family’s tavern. This realistic re-imagination of the religious terror that plagued the world in those unenlightened times and the spiritual heartfelt take on Christian mysticism creates an intriguing story full of life and emotion, sadness and humor, love and hate. Well-researched with a full glossary and extensive historical notes, this haunting unforgettable story will linger with the mature reader who will wonder if miracles really happen.

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