by Sarah McGuire


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Saville hates sewing. How can she not when her father, the Tailor, loves his bolts of velvet and silk far more than he's ever loved her? Yet, when he is struck ill shortly after they arrive in the city of Reggen, Saville must don boy's clothes in the hopes of gaining a commission from the king to keep them fed. The kingdom is soon on edge when stories spread of an army of giants led by a man who cannot be killed. But giants are just stories, and no man is immortal.

And then the giants do come to the city gates, two larger-than-life scouts whom Saville cunningly tricks into leaving. The Tailor of Reggen is the hero of the kingdom, the king promises his sister's hand in marriage, and by the time Saville reaches the palace doors, it is widely known that the Tailor single-handedly killed the giants. When her secretthat she's a girlis quickly discovered by Lord Galen Verras, the king's cousin, Saville's swept into the twists and turns of court politics.

The deathless man is very real, and he will use his giant army to ensure he is given the throne freely or by force. Now, only a tailor girl with courage and cunning can see beyond the tales to discover the truth and save the kingdom again.

Debut author Sarah McGuire artfully crafts a story of understanding, identity, and fighting to protect those you love most in Valiant, a rich reimagining of "The Brave Little Tailor."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606845523
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Sarah McGuire lives within sight of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, where she teaches high school creative writing and math classes with very interesting word problems. Valiant is her first novel.

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Valiant 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book! The valiant little tailor is not a fairy tale often made into a book, but that justs makes Valiant more unique and special. The plot is complex and intriguing and Sarah Mcguire really brings the characters to life! I couldn't put it down, and neither will you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really impressed with this book! It is a unique retelling of a more obscure Grimm's Fairytale, but it's as captivating as the best of them. I highly recommend you pick it up!
Morgan_S_M More than 1 year ago
This clearly started out as a case of "it's not you, it's me." Because I was able to put this down for a month and not even blink, but I went through a rough reading patch recently. The writing is wonderful and it did remind me of Ella Enchanted and other classic fairy tale books. It starts off slow but really picks up steam, with giants and castle politics and devious dukes and the slowest slow burn partnership turned friendship turned romance. It was so charming and I read the last half in a night. I'd actually love to reread the whole thing someday because I think I'd enjoy it even more. Galen and Saville were such a good match, and Saville was a wonderful heroine all on her own. She reminded me of Ella mixed with Daine from the Tamora Pierce books. A very enjoyable book with some dark moments and lots of fairy tale magic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't get it. It says it will be avalible April 28,2015 well it's past that.