Robin McKinley 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. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.
"We think we know the end of the story, but still we're drawn forward by the small variations and twists...Satisfying reading, pleasing in the depth of the weaving and elaboration."--Chicago Tribune"Rich prose and colorful description...keep readers spellbound."--Rocky Mountain News "Mythic grandeur...with magical detail and all-too-human feeling."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Brilliant...[a] sumptuous world." -The New York Times Book Review "Evokes ancient bards and stories of long ago...The compelling climax reinforces the triumph of good over evil, and the transformative power of love."--School Library Journal "Full of humor and romance as well as magic and adventure...A spellbinding novel." -Booklist "In Spindle's End, [McKinley] turns her pen to the tale of Briar Rose, or sleeping beauty, and the results are sheer joy." -Fantasy & Science Fiction "We think we know the end of the story, but still we're drawn forward by the small variations and twists...satisfying reading, pleasing in the depth of the weaving and elaboration." -Chicago Tribune