- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureJude, lived happily enough in his 1356 English village until it was burned to the ground by a dragon. He wants revenge, but is alone, homeless, and afraid. When he is taken in by folks from a roving circus, he makes friends with its centerpiece, a figure "half lost within folds of scarlet silk, teetering like a child on feet so small they looked to be cloven." This "strange brown elf-child," called Lizzie Little-feet by those who cage her, is really Jing-wei, a young Chinese noble woman with bound feet. Jing-wei is small in stature, but her courage, resourcefulness and wisdom are unlimited. She stoically bears the unbinding of her feet, understands Jude's success will put his disquiet to rest, and her knowledge of gunpowder and kites lead to their eventual success. Jordan's language is rich and evocative. Her descriptions reach all senses and we easily understand Jude's terror as the pair travels through scorched lands where "the air smelled foul, our eyes stung constantly, and dead birds and insects lay all about on the parched ground." This is a book of brilliant pairings-there are two unlikely heroes, a medieval history and fantasy mesh, and culture clashes and blends as East meets West. Jordan combines all these elements into one captivating book. 2003, Eos, Ages 11 to 14.
— Susie Wilde