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Anne Ursu


USA flag (b.1973)

Anne Ursu's most recent book is BREADCRUMBS (HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press), a modernday fairy tale for middle grade readers. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," BREADCRUMBS is a story of a Minneapolis girl who follows her best friend into a strange fairy-tale woods, and discovers there that fantasy is no escape.

Anne is also the author of the Cronus Chronicles (Atheneum), a middle grade fantasy trilogy about two cousins who unwittingly fall into a battle with Greek gods. The three books are THE SHADOW THIEVES, THE SIREN SONG, and THE IMMORTAL FIRE. In addition, she has written two novels for adults: SPILLING CLARENCE and THE DISAPPARATION OF JAMES (Hyperion). She teaches at the Hamline University's Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Anne lives in Minneapolis with her young son and neurotic cats.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
 
Anne Ursu recommends
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Orphan Island (2017)
Laurel Snyder
"A visionary, poignant, astonishingly lovely fable of childhood and change. This is a book to lose yourself in, and to never forget."
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The Problim Children (2018)
(Problim Children, book 1)
Natalie Lloyd
"An affectionate ode to the wonders of being a weird kid in a weird family. This book is an utter delight!"
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Winterfolk (2018)
Janel Kolby
"With its gorgeous prose, big heart, and sophisticated interplay between fantasy and reality, Winterfolk gently shows us that hope is its own kind of magic. Janel Kolby is a visionary, electrifying writer."
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Malamander (2019)
(Legends of Eerie-on-Sea, book 1)
Thomas Taylor
"In Malamander, Thomas Taylor casts a spell over his readers as he welcomes us into the mysterious mist-covered town of Eerie-on-Sea, where magic infuses the air, monster legends haunt the shore, and secrets lurk in the shadows. Filled with humor, adventure, and wonderful strangeness, this book is a treat."
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Dress Coded (2020)
Carrie Firestone
"Dress Coded is a compelling, subversive, emotionally astute story of the pernicious effects of everyday sexism and of the revolutionary potential when girls decide to fight back. An electrifying ode to the power of standing up and standing together."
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The Girl and the Ghost (2020)
Hanna Alkaf
"I can’t stop thinking about THE GIRL AND THE GHOST, a desperately beautiful novel about the many ways people can be haunted and the transformative power of friendship and love. A spellbinding story, told with an enormous heart."
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Maya and the Rising Dark (2020)
(Maya and the Rising Dark, book 1)
Rena Barron
"In this unputdownable fantasy adventure, the clever, brave, and witty Maya takes a worthy place among the hall of fantasy heroes as she battles against drooling werehyenas, shapeshifting demons, and one seriously creepy Lord of Shadows. An irresistible ode to the power friendship, family, and community can have in the fight against the forces of evil."
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A Wolf for a Spell (2020)
Karah Sutton
"An elegant fairy tale retelling that feels both classic and fresh, A Wolf for a Spell beautifully explores the power of generosity, the many ways to be brave, and the magic of finding your own pack. This book is beautiful."

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