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Grade 8 and up - the epic story of a young girl torn from her African village, sold into slavery, and stripped of everything she has ever known—except hope.
2012: In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore.
Ismae has had a hard life. She is horribly scarred from when her mother took a poison to expel her from her womb. The poison didn’t take and Ismae still lived. It is rumored that her father is Death itself. The book begins with Ismae being married off and about to partake in her marital duties when her husband finds that he has been tricked when he sees her scars. The local herb witch spirits her away to a new life working for the convent of St. Mortain – the God of Death.
There's a reason movie-makers snatched up the film rights to these hits: they're good stories that will look amazing on the big screen. Read the books now, see the movies later, and then decide which one you think is better.
Award for Best Fiction for Young Adults The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango