*”With this riveting debut, Cashore has set the bar exceedingly high.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Graceling: A Stunning Debut in Teen Fiction
To say that Kristin Cashore’s debut has made a splash in the world of teen fiction is an understatement: She has taken the reading world by storm. With four starred reviews in advance of publication, Graceling (Harcourt; October; $17 hardcover), is becoming one of the most talked-about books of the fall season.
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, Kristin Cashore tells the story of Katsa, who has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight. She’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to fall in love with Po. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
Graceling plunges readers into mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance.
Kristin Cashore received her master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College, where she was named a Virginia Haviland Scholar. She has written book reviews for The Horn Book Guide, and she has had articles published in The Looking Glass: An Online Children’s Literature Journal and Children’s Literature in Education. Graceling is her first book. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
AUTHOR: Kristin Cashore
PUBLICATION DATE: October 2008
AGES: 14 and up
PRICE: $17.00 hardcover
IMPRINT: Harcourt Children’s Books