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The Flight of Swans

The Flight of Swans (Hardback)

By McGuire, Sarah
Other Andersen, Hans Christian

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Elaborates on the tale of young princess Ryn, who must be silent for six years to save her brothers after they are turned into swans by their evil stepmother.

ISBN 9781512440270
Barcode 9781512440270
Published 1 February 2019 by Lerner Publishing Group
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781512440270
ISBN-10 1512440272
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda
Publication Date 1 February 2019
International Publication Date 1 October 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McGuire, Sarah
Other Andersen, Hans Christian
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 35mm
Weight 554g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age 8-9 years
Library of Congress Brothers and sisters, Fairy tales, Princesses, Blessing and cursing, Swans
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 949145

Description of this Book

Based on the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale Six Swans, The Flight of Swans follows Ryn's journey to save her family and their kingdom. Princess Andaryn's six older brothers have always been her protectors--until her father takes a new Queen, a frightening, mysterious woman who enchants the men in the royal family. When Ryn's attempt to break the enchantment fails, she makes a bargain: the Queen will spare her brothers' lives if Ryn remains silent for six years. Ryn thinks she freed her brothers, but she never thought the Queen would turn her brothers into swans. And she never thought she'd have to undo the Queen's spell alone, without speaking.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The Flight of Swans whisked me into a medieval world where magic seeps from forests and evil lurks in the most unexpected places. As a fanatic of all things Grimm, I loved how this story wove a fresh take on the classic tale of the Six Swans, showing the power that a determined and courageous girl can have. McGuire's spellbinding writing will embark you on a grand adventure through enchanted forests, far-away lakes, dark caves, and ruined fortresses. (Just be wary of nettles, and keep a stash of cloves close at hand.) --Christina Farley, author of the Gilded series and The Princess and the Page --Other Print Taking one of the loveliest of the Grimm canon, tale #49, The Six Swans (one of my favorites), Sarah McGuire has grounded it with not just one strong young woman but three against a verago who could best Malificent at her evil games. McGuire has the right balance of heroics, poetics, and pratfalls. But it is the long center of the tale, where Ryn--sister to the swans--has to be silent for six long years else her brothers will die--that is simply a tour de force where in other, less sure hands, it would certainly have been a tour de farce. Brava performance! --Jane Yolen --Other Print Twelve-year-old Princess Andaryn will do anything to save her father, her six older brothers, and her kingdom from her father's new 'witch-wife, ' even if it means her silence. Her father hasn't been the same since he was lost in the forest and then rescued by the imperious woman he then married. Once kind and attentive, he is now distracted; once gentle and just, he now permits brutal, capricious punishments. When the queen threatens to kill her brothers, Ryn bargains for their lives. She agrees to remain silent for six years while her brothers are changed into swans. Rather than stay at the castle to be tormented, Ryn flees, fakes her own death, and disappears into the countryside. There, she seeks the help of the queen's mentor, a strange, addled old woman living in the midst of a nettle bush. She learns that the only way to break the spell is to fashion tunics made of nettles for each of her brothers. Relentlessly pursued by Otherworldly creatures drawn from the Great Hunt, Ryn is forced to stay on the move. She is soon joined by a hen, her sister-in-law, and later by her baby nephew, but it is not until she meets a ruler from another land that she begins to turn her eyes toward home again. Ryn is depicted as white on the cover; diversity in this Europe-esque fantasy land is limited to magical creatures. This imaginative retelling of a familiar Brothers Grimm story is filled with magic, romance, and peril, but where it shines is in the quiet moments. Ryn's strength, love, and sacrifice make her heroic, but her fear, fatigue, and insecurity make her human. An imaginative retelling with an unforgettable heroine. --Kirkus Reviews --Journal

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Author's Bio

Sarah McGuire is a nomadic math teacher who sailed around the world aboard a floating college campus. She writes fairy tale retellings and still hopes that one day she'll open a wardrobe and stumble into another world. Coffee and chocolate are her rocket fuel. She wishes Florida had mountains, but she lives there anyway with her husband (who wrote this bio in less than three minutes!) and their family.

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