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Rose has always been different.

Since the day she was born, it was clear she had a special fate. Her superstitious mother keeps the unusual circumstances of Rose's birth a secret, hoping to prevent her adventurous daughter from leaving home... but she can't suppress Rose's true nature forever.

So when an enormous white bear shows up one cold autumn evening and asks teenage

Paperback, 507 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2003)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This book was awesome! I have never heard of this fairytale, even though it sounded familiar. I’m glad one of my friends wanted to buddy read it, but now I want to get both books in paperback and the second one comes out in October. I always get scared about the cancer coming back if I get too excited about books on down the line 😫

Anyway, I recommend to those that love fairytales!

They journeyed far and the white bear said,
"Are you afraid?"
"No," she replied. "I am not afraid."

She would s
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I've read it so many times and never has it grown old. I love how it shifts views and tells you what other people are doing and how it has many plots that all tie together in the book. I love the White Bear and I love reading what he has to say and the riddles and poems he speaks in. The chapters weren't long so you could just fly through the book with no trouble. I fell inlove with Rose and her personality from the beginning, the first few pages a a little slow, bu ...more
Lacey Louwagie
This novel is a retelling of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" which is probably one of the most underappreciated fairy tales out there. Unfortunately, this retelling doesn't quite do it justice. The author chose to use multiple viewpoints, which felt more like a gimmick and less like the best way to tell the story (especially since I was only really interested in the stories from two of the five narrators). Also, no one ever seems to have given Edith that all important advice to "show and ...more
Em Lost In Books

a lovely retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Merphy Napier
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really wish I had read this in this age range. I would have been obsessed with this book. Such a captivating story!
Emer (A Little Haze)
This book... oh I was utterly transfixed by it. I felt like a child again while reading. I lost myself in lands of ice and snow, magical white bears and troll queens... I loved every second.

North Child (I believe formally titled East or at least called that in other parts of the world) is a gorgeous traditional retelling of the Norwegian fairytale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. It tells the tale of Rose and her fated quest to rescue the White Bear Prince.

Rose’s mother had many superstiti
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
$1.99 Kindle sale, Oct. 25, 2018. The sequel to this 2005 folktale retelling, West, was just published this week (it's still waiting on my Kindle).

East is a retelling of the Norwegian tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon;" you can read one version of it here. In East, a teenage girl named Rose has a sense of adventure that her worried mother has always tried, unsuccessfully, to quell. One day a huge white bear appears at their door and offers to magically to fix the family's dire financial
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Ever since I read the tale of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," I've longed to give one of its numerous re-tellings a try. Edith Pattou's version, East, practically fell into my lap when I discovered it in the hidden recess of my Kindle and within moments, I was sucked into the tale. For those of you who don't know, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" is similar to "Beauty and the Beast," only instead of a beast, we have a polar bear, and instead of a wicked witch, there is a
This reimagining of East of the Sun and West of the Moon has a very good beginning, enhanced by the not so frequent technique (in retellings) of showing both sides of the story: the girl, her family, the enchanted bear and the Troll Queen. Quite intriguing, isn't it? Plus, it's historical fantasy rather than plain old-school fantasy, as the setting is 16th century Scandinavia, and the author uses a historical event from a century prior that's somewhat mysterious and apt for reinterpreting in fic ...more
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a GREAT young adult fantasy! I loved everything about this book! Although it is almost 500 pages, it is a quick read. (Short chapters, larger print.) The story is based on the Norwegian fairytale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" which I didn't know until I read the author's notes at the end. I liked that even though it was a fantasy, it took place in a real time and place-16th Century Norway. (Read the glossery in the very back for modern names) I loved the mother's superstition, her ...more

4.5 stars

I never would have thought that there could be a whole chapter book retelling of a classic fairy tale other than Shannon Hale’s “The Goose Girl.” Well, I have just recently stumbled upon this book called “East” that happens to be a great retelling of a classic fairy tale! “East” is a retelling of a classic Scandinavian folktale called “East of the Sun West of the Moon” by Edith Pattou and anyone who is a huge fan of fairy tales will definitely get a kick out of this book!

Rose is the you
I'm going to replace that old, shitty review now, because that was enormously embarrassing to read back over. SORRY, EVERYONE WHO READ IT! I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY!

Anyway, my opinion hasn't changed, just my method of delivering it. I still think that this was a horrendous novel, badly plotted with shoddy characters.

In fact, I think the lack of development from the characters was the novel's biggest downfall. Rose is such a blank protagonist. I spent 200 pages with her (before I gave up), and throug
Morgan F
East was written when fantasy could still be fantasy. When young adult books weren't required to have a love triangle, a sexy love interest, and a heroine with low self-esteem. Rose, this novel's main character, is intelligent, resourceful, and courageous. She has a strong drive and a true moral compass. The plot reminds me of more classical fantasy that involves epic journeys over several countries over the course of years. The book is chaste and simple, which makes me think its more suited to ...more
Rose has always been different.

Since the day she was born, it was clear she had a special fate. Her superstitious mother keeps the unusual circumstances of Rose's birth a secret, hoping to prevent her adventurous daughter from leaving home... but she can't suppress Rose's true nature forever.

So when an enormous white bear shows up one cold autumn evening and asks teenage Rose to come away with it--in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family--she readily agrees.


East is a retel
✩ Yaz ✩
4 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

East is a retelling of the Norwegian fairytale called East of the Sun and West of the Moon which I found out was the original inspiration for the beloved fairytale of Beauty and the Beast

• The setting of the story was beautifully crafted. The world-building was extremely atmospheric along with the vivid imagery of the lands Rose visits throughout her journey. I can almost smell the frost and feel the little tingles of coldness seeping into my bones. The experience almost felt real.

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Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to christina by: fans of Spinning Silver + The Bear & the Nightingale
*retelling: East of the Sun West of the Moon*

★ true rating: 3.5 stars ★

I have been on a big retelling kick lately, so when I saw that this book got a cover redesign and a sequel I had to pick it up. This is an older YA that a lot of my goodreads friends read when they were younger -and loved, so I was pretty excited to see what this was all about. I really enjoyed the story overall -the MC was strong, smart and loyal to herself and her family. I also enjoyed the narrator change for each chapter
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Full of enchantment and wonder, this East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling was exactly the kind of fantasy story I've been missing in my life lately. The original story is very akin to Beauty and the Beast, but this particular retelling allows for more trolls, more white bears, more questing...more everything. I can't believe I never knew this book existed, not until I saw people talking about West . I have seriously been missing out because Rose is kind of the perfect heroine: fierce a ...more
nuin giliath
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Very mild spoilers are present throughout the review*

First book completed in 2020! 🎉

I admit that I am not terribly familiar with the tale that this was based on - East of the Sun and West of the Moon. All I knew at the start was that there would be a white bear who was under some sort of enchantment and a girl who goes with him to a magical home. Needless to say, I was rather surprised to discover that this only described part of the full story. While I can't say how close to the source materia
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Let me start off by admitting I've never actually read the original fairytale this retelling is based off of, something I intend to remedy soon (I hope).

Going into this book I was thinking it was the same retelling I had DNFed years ago & was willing to give it another chance. I'm so glad I wanted to give it a "second chance" because in doing so I discovered a book I hadn't actually tried before, and it turned out to be a really good one besides! It was a lucky surprise :D My rating for this on

I really liked the folklore of this book. I think my main reason for not giving it 4 stars is that I never quite connected with the characters.

2019 challenge: a book set in Scandinavia
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why did I read this book? New cover pretty.

I'm glad that I stuck around to the end of this one. It is very different than what I usually read, and I'm being generous with my rating because I was extremely bored during a large portion of this book.

This dr a g g e d.

It was simply too long to hold my attention.

I liked the story and the Norwegian mythology associated with it. I liked having multiple perspectives. The POV of the Troll Queen was something that made me want to continue- so that I c
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-bingo
Yeah, so honestly. I didn't hate this, but the author stated in the "Authors Note" that she had really researched and done her homework with this in terms of setting it in Norway and all. And for some of the parts, I agree. She had done her homework but there were so many things that annoyed the shit outta me that I wanted to scream. I know you have to adapt to the English language for this, and she a whole fucking lot better than I would have done but it annoyed me.

Some things are:
It's not As
Sep 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-like
This book will waste your time. The story is entirely unbelievable and hard to relate to.
Em*Greedy* (Iniya)
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Completely loved this... Nice retelling of Beauty and the beast...
As fairy tale retellings go, this one is lovely, though I didn't guess which fairy tale it told until close to the end.
Steph Su
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
EAST is the tale of Rose, who sacrifices her freedom to save her sister, grows to care for the cursed white bear who is her “captor,” unwittingly betrays him, then goes beyond the ends of the earth to make things right. It’s a classic folktale that never fails to move me, but Edith Pattou’s retelling of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” went above and beyond, astounding me with its magical rendering of a traditional story and simple literary elements.

EAST is not extraordinarily sophisticated i
For a re-telling this was very good. In many ways, other than just expanding on the original, this version seemed to try to add some realism to the tale. Fortunately it wasn't realism at the cost of magic. There was still plenty of magic. Don't look for anything staggeringly innovative here and the writing isn't perfect, but this is very readable.

The novel delineated an ordinary world from a magical world by making Rose's home life somewhat more mundane as well as keeping from her many of the ma
Oda Renate
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great retelling. The retelling sticks very close, closer than any retelling I have read before so I was (sorry to say) a bit bored, at the same time there were elements that the fairy tale does not have and some aspects that kept me guessing.
I found it a bit confusing how they used real names of cities here in Norway yet the country they lived in was called Norjd.. Why not keep the name Norway, or alternatively use new names for the cities.
Also it seemed like this was suppose to take place in a
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Edith Pattou is the author of several fantasy novels, including East, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. She is a graduate of the Francis W. Parker School, Scripps College (B.A., English), Claremont Graduate School (M.A., English) and UCLA (M.L.I.S.). She is married to Charles Emery, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. They have one child, a daughter.

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