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The Restless Girls (Hardcover)

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By Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett (Illustrator)
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"A riveting feminist retelling, filled with excitement, imagination, magic, and just the right touch of darkness." -Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Circe

From acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jessie Burton comes her debut middle-grade--a girl-forward fairy tale retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" about sisterhood, imagination, and bravery, lushly packaged and with beautiful full-color illustrations.

For the twelve daughters of King Alberto, Queen Laurelia's death is a disaster beyond losing a mother. The king decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs, and for the girls, those costs include their lessons, their possessions, and most importantly, their freedom.
But the sisters, especially the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to this fate. She still has one possession her father cannot take: the power of her imagination. And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live on their own terms.
The Restless Girls is a sparkling whirl of a fairy tale--one that doesn't need a prince to save the day, and instead is full of brave, resourceful, clever young women.

About the Author

Jessie Burton studied at the University of Oxford and then went on to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is the author of three novels for adults, The Miniaturist (2014), The Muse (2016) and The Confession (2019), and is both a Sunday Times no. 1 bestseller and a New York Times bestseller. The Miniaturist sold a million copies worldwide in its first year and has also been adapted for television by the BBC. Jessie is now published in forty languages. Her first children's story, The Restless Girls, was published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

Praise For…

“A riveting feminist retelling, filled with excitement, imagination, magic, and just the right touch of darkness. These twelve fierce heroines will be a pleasure to return to again and again.” —Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CIRCE

The Restless Girls is wild, wise, generous, ferocious kind of story. It's a tale to read to your children (of both genders) over and over, and for them to read to theirs. It's a book that glows.” —Katherine Rundell, author of THE WOLF WILDER and THE EXPLORER

"[A] story of female empowerment, agency and sisterhood. . . . ‘The Restless Girls’ is one of the prettiest books I’ve seen in a long time. Barrett’s artwork is exquisite, and provides another layer to the story that is not explicitly in the text." - The New York Times Book Review

“The richly described settings . . . make this a fine read aloud . . . with a feminist viewpoint.” —School Library Journal

“A richly imagined feminist fairy tale, laden with allusions to contemporary concerns about autonomy, gender roles, and power dynamics, that is extended in Barrett's lush scenes of the clever sisters and their revels.” —Publishers Weekly

“A modern twist on a classic fairy tale” —School Library Connection

“A sly, sparkling delight that celebrates imagination, adventurous spirit, and (of course) dancing” —BCCB

“Lush, detailed illustrations . . . An empowering retelling.” —Booklist

“A complex, vividly drawn tale.” —Publishers Weekly on THE MUSE

“[A] smart blend of literary and commercial fiction.” —Booklist on THE MUSE

“Burton conjures every scent and crackle of Nella's world.” —Entertainment Weekly on THE MINIATURIST

“Expressive and descriptive.” —Library Journal on THE MINIATURIST

“Full of exquisite color and detail.” —Starred review, Kirkus Reviews on THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD

“Barrett . . . conjures a magical mood.” —Starred review, Publishers Weekly on THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD

“Children will enjoy . . . the beautifully composed pictures for their intricacy and their sometimes surprising details.” —Starred review, Booklist on THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD

Product Details
ISBN: 9781547600724
ISBN-10: 1547600721
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Pages: 160
Language: English
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