Author: Shannon Hale
Language: 2 swear words
Violence: A man smashes a girl’s arm against the wall. A man changes into a wolf and kills men by ripping out their throats. The wolf is killed with arrows.
Sexual Content: A very brief account of a Lord getting a commoner with child and then abandoning them. Two girls are worried that a group of men will take advantage of them. A man takes his clothes off in front of a young girl - there is nothing sexual or explicit in this scene. He shows her that he can change into a wolf. A girl takes her clothes off in front of an army. Again, nothing sexual or explicit in this scene. It is an act of submission.
Adult Themes: A father locks his daughter and her maid in a tower for 7 years because the daughter refuses to marry the man he has chosen for her.
Lady Saren refuses to marry the man her father has chosen for her so he locks her and her maid, Dashti, in a tower for seven years. During their imprisonment they struggle against cold, stifling heat, rats and hunger, but when Saren’s favored suitor visits he brings them hope and laughter. Unfortunately, he does not come to rescue them as he promised. The arrival of Saren’s other, unwanted suitor brings fear and darkness to the two girls. Their struggle to escape and then to survive results in many changes in both young women.
This is an original retelling of the classic tale from the Brothers Grimm.
I know I’ve read a really good book when, a few days after finishing it, I am still thinking about it. This is the case with Book of a Thousand Days.
©2009 The Literate Mother
Categories: Adventure, Grades 6-7, Grades 8-9, High SchoolComments:
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