The Phoenix Dance (Hardcover)

By Dia Calhoun

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374359102, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2005



A journey through madness and mania

On the island of Faranor in the kingdom of Windward, twelve princesses dance their shoes to shreds each night. No one knows why. Not the king or queen. Not the knights, lords, or ladies-in-waiting. When the queen blames the royal shoemaker, his apprentice, Phoenix Dance, puts her life at risk to solve the mystery. She braves magic spells, dragons, evil wizards, and the treachery of the princesses themselves. As Phoenix faces these dangers, she finds herself caught in the dangerous dance inside herself – a dance of darkness and light, a dance that presents her with the greatest challenge of her life.

This captivating companion to Aria of the Sea weaves a retelling of Grimm’s fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses with the story of a young woman’s inward journey toward an understanding of a scary, unpredictable part of her own nature.

Praise For The Phoenix Dance

"The piece is creative, moving,"  -- Kirkus Reviews "The story is well crafted and offers excellent insight into the life of an individual suffering from bipolar disorder.  Calhoun has created a strong fantasy novel, complete with a well-rounded heroine."  -- School Library Journal "Calhoun gives the problem a thorough and compassionate treatment, managing to create a vivid and compelling quasi-medieval world in which to place Phoenix and her princesses."  --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "It's wonderful and should be read." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader "This book wowed me.  It is a fantastic retelling of a classic Grimm fairytale." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader