Curse of the Thirteenth Fey by Jane Yolen
“A reimagining of Sleeping Beauty from a master storyteller
“Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil king’s land and made to do his bidding. Because of an oath made to the king’s great-great-ever-so-many-times-great-grandfather, if they try to leave or disobey the royals, they will burst into a thousand stars.
“When accident-prone Gorse falls ill just as the family is bid to bless the new princess, a fairytale starts to unfold. Sick as she is, Gorse races to the castle with the last piece of magic the family has left — a piece of the Thread of Life. But that is when accident, mayhem, and magic combine to drive Gorse’s story into the unthinkable, threatening the baby, the kingdom, and all.
“With her trademark depth, grace, and humor, Jane Yolen tells readers the ‘true’ story of the fairy who cursed Sleeping Beauty.” [J YOLEN]
The Mapmaker’s Sons by V. L. Burgess
“Reveling in mysterious destinies and dangerous adventure, this novel follows Thomas Hawkins, a student no different from his peers at the Lost Preparatory Academy for Boys, until a man with a wooden leg appears and Thomas must leave the life he knows or chance not reaching his next birthday, which is only days away. After years of scaling the school’s rooftops, engaging in swordplay and treasure hunts with his friends, and fighting off bloodthirsty pirates, this imaginary world suddenly becomes all too real. And as if a close encounter with a pirate isn’t enough, Thomas discovers a brother he never knew and a gift that will eventually save both their lives: he can make maps come alive.” [J BURGESS]