Impossible

By Nancy Werlin
(Speak, Paperback, 9780142414910, 384pp.)

Publication Date: August 11, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall 2008 Kids' List
“This lyrical novel, inspired by the ballad 'Scarborough Fair,' tells of an unbreakable curse passed from mother to daughter over generations. A story of family and hope, it conjures indelible images as it spins a tale of love conquering all else, and the impossible made possible.”
-- Beth Simpson, Cornerstone Books, Salem, MA


Description

A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin

Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?




About the Author

Nancy Werlin was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA and now lives near Boston. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Yale.

Since then, she has worked as a technical writer and editor for several computer software and Internet companies, while also writing fiction.She is a National Book Award finalist.




Praise For Impossible

"A haunting, thrilling romantic puzzle. Just read it."--Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked
* “Werlin earns high marks for the tale's graceful interplay between wild magic and contemporary reality.”
Booklist, starred review
* “Modern logic and methodology mesh splendidly with fairy lore...The conclusion is startlingly wholesome, comfortable and complete ...the melding of magic and practicality produces a lovely whole.”
Kirkus, starred review
* “Teens, especially young women, will enjoy this romantic fairy tale with modern trappings.”
School Library Journal, starred review
* “Modern logic and methodology mesh splendidly with fairy lore...The conclusion is startlingly wholesome, comfortable and complete ...the melding of magic and practicality produces a lovely whole.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Accolades for Impossible:

A New York Times bestseller
ALA Best Book for YA
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Booklist Editor's Choice
VOYA Editors’ Choice
IndieBound List (Top Ten)
Many state and city awards (including. TX, GA, DC, KY, PA, and MA);

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