The Swan Maiden

Heather Tomlinson

Henry Holt and Co.

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In the quiet hour before dawn, anything can happen. A third daughter can dream of being a creature of flight and magic, of wearing a swan-skin like her sisters. But Doucette must run the castle household while her older sisters learn to weave spells. Her dream of flying is exactly that—until the day she discovers her own hidden birthright.

Sudden, soaring freedom—it is a wish come true. Yet it comes with a price. As Doucette struggles to find her own way in the world, she risks losing the one she loves most of all.

An age-old fairy tale told in a refreshingly original voice, Heather Tomlinson’s stunning debut is fantasy at its most eloquent and richly imagined.

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Her fingers plunged into the feathers. Soft and warm, the swan-skin offered a silent promise.

Change.

Did she dare?

Doucette crossed to the window, pushed aside the embroidered curtains, and stared out of the luxurious room that suddenly seemed a prison.

Over the years, Doucette had heard her father instruct her sisters’ escort. Like them, she could follow the sheep flocks to a lake in the mountains, then seek the lake’s eastern shore. The river Immeluse would lead her the rest of the way to her aunt’s castle, to a season of studying magic with Azelais and Cecilia.

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“Layered, elegantly written, and filled with unexpected twists and turns, The Swan Maiden soars with grace and power.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“Inspired by French fairy tales, Tomlinson skillfully weaves a satisfying and enchanting tale that flows quickly and immerses readers in a charming, rustic setting.”—School Library Journal

“This novel has a light and enchanting quality . . . Doucette’s struggles and dreams will resonate with teenage girls who are trying to find their place in the world.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

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About the Author

Heather Tomlinson

HEATHER TOMLINSON has taught English in Paris and French in the United States. She lives on a houseboat in and around Southern California with her engineer husband and her cats X, Y, and Z.

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466843301
ISBN10: 1466843306
Young Adult Fiction304 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$5.70

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Square Fish
September 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312384470
ISBN10: 0312384475
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
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Lexile: 780L
F&P Level A-Z: X
AR Quiz Number: 118791
AR Points: 10

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