Written by Elizabeth C. Bunce
The next novel from the winner of the ALA's YA Debut Award!
Sixteen-year-old Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Llyvraneth, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic from the city. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the land, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so. Accepted as a lady's maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger finds new peace and friendship at the Nemair stronghold - as well as plenty of jewels for the taking. But after the devious Remy Daul catches her in the act of thievery, he blackmails her into becoming his personal spy in the castle, and Digger soon realizes her noble hosts aren't as apolitical as she thought… indeed, she may be at the heart of a magical rebellion.
Brilliantly combining the richness of fantasy with the twists and turns of the best spy stories, StarCrossed proves Elizabeth C. Bunce is a writer who's here to stay.
“…Satisfyingly stuffed with plots and subplots, towers and hidden chambers, genteel pastimes and death-defying feats. Celyn is a strong, imaginative heroine—more than the generic “feisty girl,” and the rest of the female cast also show noteworthy fortitude and inventiveness. An entertaining lark.” -- Horn Book
“[A]n enthralling yarn of magical intrigue, all in Digger’s irresistible voice—clever, cynical, cocky, with an undercurrent of aching loneliness. . . . [I]t’s downright impossible not to follow wherever her quick tongue, nimble fingers and itchy feet will carry her next.” -- Kirkus Reviews
"Couching her characters and setting in top-notch writing, Bunce (A Curse as Dark as Gold) hooks readers into an intelligent page-turner with strong themes of growth, determination, and friendship. Celyn's journey will leave readers asking for more, especially as the first-rate story neatly sets up a sequel." -- Publishers Weekly
“Bunce holds her cards close to the vest to achieve optimum mystery and suspense, doling out slices of the reveal with impeccable timing. Strong female characters act as full partners and even leaders in the political planning and execution of the manor’s defense, providing additional reading pleasure to those looking for courageous literary girls and women. Digger’s sleuthing is sometimes effective, sometimes misdirected as she tries to piece together the puzzle in which she finds herself; her frustrations quickly and completely become the reader’s as she uncovers betrayals and danger lurking beneath the pleasantries of court life. Readers will eagerly await the sequel to find out what’s next in Digger’s uncertain future.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Bunce combines irresistible elements… a snowbound castle outfitted with trapdoors and tunnels; herbal lore and rare, forbidden magic; crackling banter and poetic description; and memorably nuanced characters, especially lock-picking, bold Digger, whose search for clues leads to a larger understanding of history, politics, friends, and families that teens will connect to their own lives.” -- Booklist
“This fast-paced story will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” -- VOYA
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011
Price: $17.99 / $22.99
Trim Size: 5½” x 8¼”
Page Count: 368
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes
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