Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
Gr 5-9-In Gail Carson Levine's action-packed fantasy (HarperCollins, 2008), Olus, the Akkan god of the wind, spies Kezi, a mortal girl who is gifted in dancing and weaving, and falls madly in love with her. When Kezi's father decides that her life must be sacrificed to the omnipotent god Admat, Olus tries to save Kezi by making her immortal. Thus begins a harrowing trial of courage and compassion for Olus and a journey to the Underworld for Kezi. This beautifully written tale is told in the alternative voices of Kezi and Olus. Jenna Lamia and Oliver Wyman convincingly portray their emotions, and make the secondary characters easily identifiable. This well-paced, intriguing love story/fantasy is a solid choice for middle school and public libraries.-Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"The power of love and courage to overcome seemingly impossible
odds and to bridge ostensibly untraversable differences are at the
heart of this compelling, intensely satisfying fantasy."--School
Library Journal (starred review)
"Levine's (Ella Enchanted) original mythological tale works as romance, adventure and exploration of faith. [She] conducts a riveting journey, offering passion and profound pondering along the way. "--Publishers Weekly (starred review)