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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
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Apr 13, 08

bookshelves: fantasy, chapter-book
Read in April, 2008

Summary (CIP):In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is.

Review: I had mixed feeling beginning this book, but it ultimately won me over. I was scared to invest myself in a book that equated happiness with beauty, and I wasn't so into the songs either. I learned to appreciate both the theme, which had much more depth than I originally suspected, as well as th songs, many of which are quite poetic and beautiful.

School Library Journal gives a starred review, calling it "A distinguished addition to any collection"

Booklist also gave a starred review, and I agree when they state, "The telling, in Aza's voice, is sophisticated, and readers may initially feel like foreign travelers who lack cultural context."

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