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Author: Elana K. Arnold Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden Publisher: Balzer + Bray Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9780062890238
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*A 2019 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book*

"Listeners will fall under the spell of the prose and narration and won't wake up until the last word is spoken—and maybe not even then. Highly recommended."—Erin Entrada Kelly, 2018 Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author

A dark, twisted, unforgettable fairy tale from Elana K. Arnold, author of the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the prince must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon or what horrors she faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome young man, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. It’s all like a dream, like something from a fairy tale.

As Ama follows Emory to the kingdom of Harding, however, she discovers that not all is as it seems. There is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows, and the greatest threats may not be behind her, but around her, now, and closing in.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This incisively written allegory rips into a familiar story and sets it aflame.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “For teens, especially girls, learning to transform sadness and fear into active, productive fury, [Damsel is] an essential allegory. Eat your heart out, Sleeping Beauty: this brutal, devastating, powerful novel won’t soon be forgotten.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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About the Author

Elana K. Arnold writes books for and about children and teens. Some of her books have been included on the Los Angeles Public Library’s Best Books of the Year list, the Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year list, the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, have been ALAN Picks, and have been selected for inclusion in the Amelia Bloomer Project.

About the Narrator

Elizabeth Knowelden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator who has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actress, she trained in London at the Webber Douglas Academy where she received a Sir Laurence Olivier Commendation. Her acting credits include theater, musicals, and national tours in the United Kingdom. Also a film actress, she has participated in BAFTA’s Newcomers Program.