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Robin McKinley (www.robinmckinley.com and robinmckinleysblog.com) has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for "The Hero and the Crown" and a Newbery Honor for "The Blue Sword," both about the magical country of Damar. Her other books include "Chalice"; "Dragonhaven"; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, "Beauty" and "Rose Daughter"; "Deerskin," which was inspired by the Perrault fairy tale Donkeyskin; a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, "The Outlaws of Sherwood"; "Spindle s End," a retelling of Sleeping Beauty; and two volumes of Tales of Elemental Spirits, "Fire" and "Water" (with Peter Dickinson). Her "Imaginary Lands" won the World Fantasy Award for best anthology and her novel "Sunshine" won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.
Robin lives in England with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson, two hellhounds, a hellterror, an 1897 Steinway upright, and too many rosebushes."

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"McKinley's characters and dialogue make this novel a joy: Maggie is a brash yet vulnerable protagonist, and her family, Val, and two possible boyfriends (both of whom may be magical) are well developed. . . . The culture of Newworld is a fascinating amalgam of the everyday and the strange. All in all, a delightful read." -- Publishers Weekly
"Maggie's wry and witty conversational tone is an excellent vehicle for relating her fantastic yet logical adventures." -- Booklist
"A winning combination of fast action, romance, likable characters and inventive language makes this YA novel hard to put down." -- Shelf Awareness
"This fantasy focuses on the relationships among characters. . . . Exciting action, lovable characters, and witty dialogue." -- School Library Journal
"Intricate world building is matched with rich characterization; a bit moody, a bit flighty, and all teenager, Maggie makes a relatable protagonist, and her wisecracks and astute observations help readers gain ground in this eerily familiar but nonetheless complex world of old magic, new science, and breaks in reality." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"May just be one of her most brilliant books to date. Everything in the story meshes perfectly. The characters are compelling, well-defined people who become real." -- Examiner.com
McKinley s characters and dialogue make this novel a joy: Maggie is a brash yet vulnerable protagonist, and her family, Val, and two possible boyfriends (both of whom may be magical) are well developed. . . . The culture of Newworld is a fascinating amalgam of the everyday and the strange. All in all, a delightful read. Publishers Weekly
Maggie s wry and witty conversational tone is an excellent vehicle for relating her fantastic yet logical adventures. Booklist
A winning combination of fast action, romance, likable characters and inventive language makes this YA novel hard to put down. Shelf Awareness
This fantasy focuses on the relationships among characters. . . . Exciting action, lovable characters, and witty dialogue. School Library Journal
Intricate world building is matched with rich characterization; a bit moody, a bit flighty, and all teenager, Maggie makes a relatable protagonist, and her wisecracks and astute observations help readers gain ground in this eerily familiar but nonetheless complex world of old magic, new science, and breaks in reality. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
May just be one of her most brilliant books to date. Everything in the story meshes perfectly. The characters are compelling, well-defined people who become real. Examiner.com"

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