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The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
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Feb 04, 12

bookshelves: children-s-book-club, classics-that-i-m-just-now-reading
Read in January, 2012 — I own a copy

I wish that I had known about Robin McKinley's novels when I was a teenager. I would have loved Aerin, the heroine of this novel. Insecure, clumsy, self-conscious of her privileged but "outsider" status; but also headstrong, brave and determined. Although I didn't like high fantasy, particularly, the emotional depth in this book would have appealed to me.

Although I remember scanning McKinley's name as I looked through old Newbery award winners, I didn't actually discover her books until this year. I read this one rather feverishly -- even disappearing briefly from my husband's birthday dinner because I was on the next to last chapter and I couldn't put it down! (I did also need a little break from hostessing.) I think that this is my favourite McKinley novel so far. It has all of the good qualities of her writing (the imaginative detail; the precise, intelligent prose) without the torturous syntax and digressiveness that mar some of her later novels.
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