… Let’s pretend we’re in 5th grade again. You’re going to get a book report!
See, I had all kinds of fun photos from the Shop Hop Monday night, but now you’ll just have to wonder what a Shop Hop is and what I might share, because I downloaded the photos onto my laptop, but when I went to upload them to Flickr, we had no internet at home!
By any name, this is a great girl-power book that ranks right up there with the Disney movie Mulan as a new favorite of mine, in no small part because the heroine is a GIRL. However, unlike Mulan, where Fa Mulan lets those around her believe she’s a man, Sabriel can’t – and doesn’t even try to – deny she’s a young woman.
Luckily, in the her worlds (yes, plural), strong young women are respected. Even as she learns about the Abhorsen legacy (I’m trying not to spoil anything!), there’s never a hint that her gender is anything other than a characteristic, not a weakness or hinderance. In fact, the only time it is an issue at all is when it is pointed out that she and Touchstone (you’ll have to read it to find out who he is!) can’t really travel together without implied impropriety unbefitting of her status unless he is introduced as her sworn swordsman.
I can’t deny that part of the appeal for me is that Sabriel and her father have a special bond that time and space can’t hamper. A book is that much better when you can relate strongly to a character in some fashion or another, isn’t it?
It does deal with magic, death and things that go bump in the night, but as a real scaredy-cat, I can assure you it isn’t likely to cause bad dreams, no matter where you are in the story when you put the book down. It is by no means as whimsical as Stardust, but both are classified as fantasy, and there is that common Wall that characters must navigate to move from “our” world into the magical world they all know about on the other side.
I’ve already started Lirael, the second book in the trilogy. I’m reading it on my Nook. One review states this series is suitable for 12 and up, and I think that’s accurate enough.
Do you have any great “girl-power” books on your list of favorites?