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Author: Margo Lanagan Narrator: Anne Flosnik, Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781423396819
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Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, given to her by natural magic in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters, gentle Branza and curious Urdda, grow up in this soft world, protected from the violence, predation, and village prejudice that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever—magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga’s refuge. Now, having known heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side? This is a tale of journeys and transformations. From girl to witch to woman. From boy to beast to man. From hell to heaven to . . . reality. Building her tale on a mythic scaffolding, Margo Lanagan asks timeless questions about what it is to be human. She explores the evil and the sweetness in the world and reveals the essential magic of learning to live with both. Chosen as a 2009 Michael L. Printz honor book Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This dark fairy tale is as complex and brilliant as it is disturbing. The prose in this extraordinary fantasy is exquisite.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The author creates worlds with a sure hand, incorporating magic as well as the mundane, ugly realities: jeering boys, poverty, gossip. Similarly, her characters are fully realized people who also fulfill their fairy-tale roles. By turns horrifying and ribald, witty and wise, this tour de force of a novel almost demands multiple readings to fully appreciate each of its layers. Not to be missed.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[Tender Morsels] will only further solidify Lanagan’s place at the very razor’ s edge of YA speculative fiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lanagan’s poetic style and her masterful employment of mythic imagery give this story of transformation and healing extraordinary depth and beauty.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Beautifully written and surprising, this is a novel not to be missed.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2009 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • A 2009 Michael L. Printz Award Finalist

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 2/10/2014

    " Entertaining expansion of Grimm's Snow White and Rose-Red. Excellent character development, witty and unpredictable! True to human nature! 2 thumbs up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 2/4/2014

    " I totally respect the fact that this is a story of a girl so traumatized by horrific violence that she is granted a magic world to raise her daughters, free of the scariness that would make life unbearable (hehe...unBEARable) for her. The concept is beautiful. Through this magical world, Liga was able to find strength within the safety of her surroundings, as she raised her daughters. Eventually Liga and her daughters become part of the real world with the resilience and strength to confront life. That said, I have to admit that this book was so challenging for me to complete that I eventually bought the audiobook in order to finish it. I think this is largely because I am not a fan of fantasy fiction written in this type of language, kind of a dialect I associate with people who role play at RenFests. The voices of each character are very distinct, and this aspect of the writing encouraged my interest. The content interested me but, I found myself constantly putting the book down, which really doesn't give it justice. My only theory for why this was an issue is that I am not a fan of this genre. Therefore the content and distinct voices did not carry my enthusiasm throughout the book. I would recommend Tender Morsels to high functioning readers, age 15 and up, who have enthusiasm toward fairy tales and fantasy fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 1/20/2014

    " Strange, dark, and beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/14/2014

    " I some times dream of a younger me, a happy good dream, then wake to the painful realization that it was a dream and I so long to go return. Tender Morsels is a book i wanted to go on an on. The scene between Davit and Liga affected me so strongly, I groaned out loud. Urrda's magical gift to Branza at the end just broke my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 1/14/2014

    " I picked this book up in mid-August at Powells but had to finish library books and books that I had borrowed before I could finish it. I picked it back up yesterday and felt instantly reconnected with the story. The writing was really well done. The story is pretty dark with some definite themes - Life isn't fair but we have to decide what we do with what we are given. I didn't think it was very YA appropriate. But I feel that way about several books these days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H.N. | 1/12/2014

    " I cannot entirely tell you why this book is a five-star read instead of four; but I loved it. Sometimes the first read of the book is to get a breathtaking, birds-eye view of the overall structure and flow. The next reads I notice things I did not the first time; and can spend more time with the writing when I know the story. This is a book I think I will read many times. I've been impressed by Margo Lanagan's short fiction since I first picked up "Black Juice", and I am still impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/12/2014

    " Really dark and disturbing, but also lovely in it's own. I always thought the story of Rose Red and Snow White (not to be confused with the story of Snow White, you know, the one with the dwarfs) needed a little bit of sprucing up. It was always one of my least favorite Brother's Grim stories.To me, it didn't really make sense, there were just to many loose ends involved. In this rendition Margo Lanagan really goes into depth about the characters past and future. The narrative was a little confusing at times, but the story itself is awesome. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one to younger readers due to some graphic themes, but overall a very charming story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 12/24/2013

    " Hauntingly beautiful, but really, legitimately haunting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 46milestogo | 5/31/2013

    " This has gotten fantastic reviews, but I think it's horribly overwritten. In addition, the only people reading this, as far as I can tell, are librarians. I've talked three teens into checking it out, and the farthest any of them made was halfway through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 12/13/2012

    " The most complicated and complex fantasy I've ever read. The themes and how they are dealt with will be debated betwixt reader and writer, reader and reader, but there's no questioning the power of the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara | 10/18/2012

    " Really enchanting and enthralling in some places, muddled and difficult in others. I found myself still thinking about it after finishing, which is good, but I found the ending ultimately dissatisfying. She's a great writer, but I prefer her short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephie | 5/13/2012

    " Oh, this book was so powerful. Liga was the most endearing character I've encountered in so long. The story is brutal and enchanting and mysterious and honest, all at once. "Full of horrors, and yet so sweet." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 3/11/2012

    " One of my favorite books of the past 10 years. Magical, brutal, dreamy and powerful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruhegeist | 10/25/2011

    " I am abandoning this book. It is so painfully slow and I just can't get into the plot or characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 6/19/2011

    " a near-perfect book, would be perfect if it continued for 1,000 more pages so I wouldn't be done so quickly. Categorize under: YA (on the adult side), edgy/dark fantasy, beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 4/9/2011

    " Reading this has made me a Margo Lanagan fan. Unique, riveting, five stars for voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 4/3/2011

    " One of the most heartbreaking, emotionally enriching and lovely works of fiction that I've read in years...Once again, "juvenile" fiction blows tedious "adult" fiction out of the water, both in terms of its creativity, its depth and its range. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 3/17/2011

    " Freaking awesome book! LOVED IT! Read it! "

About the Author

Margo Lanagan’s story collection, Red Spikes, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book and a Horn Book Fanfare, and Black Juice was a Printz Honor Book. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

About the Narrators

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, an AudioFile “Best Narration of the Year” selection in 2009, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an award-winning British actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.