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The Bone Spindle, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Exciting Sleeping Beauty flip has strong female leads.

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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Great flipped-role retelling with some romance

What I loved: a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with flipped gender roles. The prince needs to be rescued and the women are the heroes. I also love that the sleeping prince has magic and can project himself, which allows him to be more than a sleeping, passive character. The speed of the book was perfect. It's set up for another book to follow, and it makes sense. Ambivalent: dual-voice - works well for the story, and I don't mind dual-voiced books in general representation: Queer/Lesbian, Low SES, Flipped Gender Roles
age 12+

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Fantasy fans will enjoy this exciting adventure that nicely combines a familiar fairy tale with a refreshing twist on gender roles. In The Bone Spindle, it's the women battling monsters, bounty hunters, and evil spells while the man waits for rescue in a far-off castle. There's plenty of humor as characters banter, bicker, and drive each other crazy along the way, and a good dose of magic and mystery. Alternating points of view help balance the plot with revelations about the well-developed characters' pasts, and keep the pages turning. Older tweens and teens will relate to the characters as they test their beliefs in destiny, love at first sight, and true love. The cliffhanger ending will have fans eager for the next installment.

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