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Starred Review from Kirkus for Anne Ursu's New Book 'The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy'

MFAC faculty member Anne Ursu received the prestigious "starred review" from Kirkus Reviews for her forthcoming novel, "The Troubled Girls Of Dragomir Academy." 

 This is the second "starred review" she's received from Kirkus, previously earning one for her 2011 novel, "Breadcrumbs."

About the book:

"In the kingdom of Illyria, the lives of young girls are of little consequence.

Twelve-year-old Marya Lupu has always been told there is no place for her in the world, whereas her older brother, Luka, has been primed all his life to become one of the rare, respected sorcerers who protect the realm against the mysterious Dread and the wicked witches of Kel. A mistake lands Marya at the Dragomir Academy, an isolated boarding school for troubled girls, where she and her classmates are expected to reform themselves and leave the past behind. But the more time passes, the more the girls spot the holes in the fabric of the stories they are told. 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. Marya’s developing relationships with her classmates as well as with her brother form the beating heart of the book. But it’s Marya’s inner conflict as she asks the question, “Who does the story serve?” and considers what she has always been told about herself that elevates this tale into unmissable territory, with its remarkably raw and honest look at the emotional and psychological consequences of living under patriarchal ideology. Marya is pale skinned in a world with characters of varying skin tones.

A wonderful and inspiring feminist fantasy. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"

Pre-order the book here.