The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy Audiobook, by Anne Ursu Play Audiobook Sample

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Read By: Elise Arsenault Publisher: Walden Pond Press Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780063135680

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Longest Chapter Length:

28:20 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

15 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

18:57 minutes

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Publisher Description

From the acclaimed author of The Real Boy and The Lost Girl comes a wondrous and provocative fantasy about a kingdom beset by monsters, a mysterious school, and a girl caught in between them.

If no one notices Marya Lupu, is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a sorcerer.

The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city of Illyria, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread. 

For all the hopes the family has for Luka, no one has any for Marya, who can never seem to do anything right. But even so, no one is prepared for the day that the sorcerers finally arrive to test Luka for magical ability, and Marya makes a terrible mistake. Nor the day after, when the Lupus receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy—a mysterious school for wayward young girls. Girls like Marya.

Soon she is a hundred miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, surrounded by girls she’s never met. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself—things that threaten the precarious balance upon which Illyria is built.

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“Through Ursu’s hallmark thoughtful and inspiring writing, readers delve into a story that seamlessly combines intriguing worldbuilding that is full of magic with a feminist perspective that interrogates the systemic oppression at society’s core…Wonderful and inspiring.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 


  • “Readers love Ursu because of her empowering fantasy stories, and The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy employs a perennially well-loved trope among middle grade readers: the boarding school story.”

    — BookPage


  • A Bookpage Most Anticipated Book of Fall

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About Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Real Boy, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Best Book of the Year. Breadcrumbs was named one of the best books of 2011 by the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly,, and the Chicago Public Library. She is a recipient of a McKnight Fellowship Award in Children’s Literature and is a member of the faculty at Hamline University’s MFA degree program in writing for children and young adults.

About Elise Arsenault

Elise Arsenault is a classically trained actor, singer, and voice-over artist. She has worked throughout the country with various regional theaters, including Merrimack Rep, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Ivoryton Playhouse, Imagination Stage, and the Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian Institute. She holds a BA from George Mason University.