In this richly developed fantasy, half-human, half-dragon Seraphina, 16, confronts fear and tension in the uneasy truce between humans and dragons.This absorbing blend of intrigue, romance, and self-discovery features a creative, independent heroine.
Donnelly interweaves the mesmerizing stories of two girls, one a contemporary musician mourning the death of her younger brother and the other a companion to Louis-Charles, son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, before the French Revolution.
The alternate viewpoints of Charlie and Rose present different perspectives of one summer in an Australian country town. Rose desperately plans her escape to the city while Charlie longs for new friends and music to assuage her grief after the deaths of her mother and grandmother.
Rousing poems complemented with evocative images of the 1940’s bring to life the story of talented women who defied both the racism and conventions of their time to give joy and jazz to a war-torn world.
Devastated when her older sister Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie's life becomes even more complicated when she finds she has feelings for both her sister’s grieving boyfriend and the new boy in town. She expresses her confusion in poems that she scatters everywhere.