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The Centaur's Daughter

The Centaur's Daughter

by Ellen Jensen Abbott

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This YA fantasy about a teen girl trying to unite a divided world is a sequel to Watersmeet


This YA fantasy about a teen girl trying to unite a divided world is a sequel to Watersmeet

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Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
This story is the sequel to Abbott's Watersmeet, an IRA Young Adult Award Notable Book and a YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominee. A prologue connects the two stories. Watersmeet is the community where Abisina has made a home after her father's death at the hands of the evil White Worm. At Watersmeet, she again becomes an outcast as it is a violent and diverse fantasy world. When she tries to unite the different factions, she must deal with issues of identity, prejudice and war. Duty and loyalty are considerations Abisina must resolve in these endeavors. Can Abisina take her father's place and help forge an alliance? Can she resolve the timely issues between the humans and creatures so both can survive? Two pages prior to the prologue explain the characters in the communities of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms, while four pages of maps depict the areas of the two Kingdoms and give the reader a sense of place. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Seventeen-year-old Abisina knows that the people in her adopted village, Watersmeet, are starving and that the danger from überwolves and minotaurs is high. As a result, the Keeper refuses entry to refugees from the restrictive south, where people believe beings other than humans with unblemished light skin and hair are demons. After Abisina is declared a traitor, she embarks on a quest to the south with her loyal friends: a centaur, a faun, a human girl, two dwarves, and the human boy she loves. The trek is only the beginning of hardship since Abisina, herself an outcast from the south, must convince the people there to accept her friends even as she tries to hide her ability to shift into a centaur. An unexpected gift at the end means a change in how the south and north will work together, leaving the teen to find the strength to become the leader she needs to be. The plot is fast paced and full of romance, suspense, and adventure and handles prejudice and acceptance in thought-provoking ways. Fans of Watersmeet (Marshall Cavendish, 2009) will enjoy this sequel, but it stands on its own.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

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Amazon Childrens Publishing
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8.40(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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