The Restless Girls (Hardcover)

By Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury Children's Books, 9781547600724, 160pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

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"A riveting feminist retelling, filled with excitement, imagination, magic, and just the right touch of darkness." -Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Circe

From acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jessie Burton comes her debut middle-grade--a girl-forward fairy tale retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" about sisterhood, imagination, and bravery, lushly packaged and with beautiful full-color illustrations.

For the twelve daughters of King Alberto, Queen Laurelia's death is a disaster beyond losing a mother. The king decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs, and for the girls, those costs include their lessons, their possessions, and most importantly, their freedom.
But the sisters, especially the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to this fate. She still has one possession her father cannot take: the power of her imagination. And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live on their own terms.
The Restless Girls is a sparkling whirl of a fairy tale--one that doesn't need a prince to save the day, and instead is full of brave, resourceful, clever young women.

About the Author

Jessie Burton studied at Oxford University and then went on to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She worked as an actress and a personal assistant before her first novel, The Miniaturist, was published. The Miniaturist was translated into thirty-eight languages and has sold over a million copies around the world. The television adaptation was adapted for television to be broadcasted on MASTERPIECE on PBS. Her second novel, The Muse, was published in 2016 and is also a number one bestseller. The Restless Girls is Jessie's first book for children.
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Angela Barrett studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has taught Illustration at Cambridge College of Technology, and Drawing at Chelsea College. She won the Smarties Book Prize for Can It Be True? and has been shortlisted three times for the Kurt Maschler Award and once for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She also illustrated multi-starred-review titles like The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz and The Most Wonderful Thing in the World, by Vivian French. She lives in London.

Praise For The Restless Girls

“A riveting feminist retelling, filled with excitement, imagination, magic, and just the right touch of darkness. These twelve fierce heroines will be a pleasure to return to again and again.” —Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CIRCE

The Restless Girls is wild, wise, generous, ferocious kind of story. It's a tale to read to your children (of both genders) over and over, and for them to read to theirs. It's a book that glows.” —Katherine Rundell, author of THE WOLF WILDER and THE EXPLORER

"[A] story of female empowerment, agency and sisterhood. . . . ‘The Restless Girls’ is one of the prettiest books I’ve seen in a long time. Barrett’s artwork is exquisite, and provides another layer to the story that is not explicitly in the text." - The New York Times Book Review

“The richly described settings . . . make this a fine read aloud . . . with a feminist viewpoint.” —School Library Journal

“A richly imagined feminist fairy tale, laden with allusions to contemporary concerns about autonomy, gender roles, and power dynamics, that is extended in Barrett's lush scenes of the clever sisters and their revels.” —Publishers Weekly

“A modern twist on a classic fairy tale” —School Library Connection

“A sly, sparkling delight that celebrates imagination, adventurous spirit, and (of course) dancing” —BCCB

“Lush, detailed illustrations . . . An empowering retelling.” —Booklist

“A complex, vividly drawn tale.” —Publishers Weekly on THE MUSE

“[A] smart blend of literary and commercial fiction.” —Booklist on THE MUSE

“Burton conjures every scent and crackle of Nella's world.” —Entertainment Weekly on THE MINIATURIST

“Expressive and descriptive.” —Library Journal on THE MINIATURIST

“Full of exquisite color and detail.” —Starred review, Kirkus Reviews on THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD

“Barrett . . . conjures a magical mood.” —Starred review, Publishers Weekly on THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD

“Children will enjoy . . . the beautifully composed pictures for their intricacy and their sometimes surprising details.” —Starred review, Booklist on THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD