Graceling

By Kristin Cashore
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152063962, 471pp.)

Publication Date: October 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2009 Kids' List
“In a world where some people are born with extreme and often feared skills -- called Graces -- Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, that of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. Action-packed and featuring a strong, feisty girl.”
-- Kristi Tiedt, Butterfly Books, De Pere, WI


Description
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone." " " "With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.



About the Author
Kristin Cashore earned her master s degree from the Center for the Study of Children s Literature at Simmons College. She has been a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, and a freelance writer. Kristin currently resides in Florida, where her daily activities include walking along the St. Johns River.
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