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An Inheritance of Ashes
Contributor(s): Bobet, Leah

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ISBN: 054428111X     ISBN-13: 9780544281110
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2015

Annotation: Struggling to maintain her family's farm while waiting for loved ones to return from the war, 16-year-old Hallie discovers ugly truths about the war and her family's role in it. By the author of Above. Simultaneous eBook. 15,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sisters; Fiction.
Secrets; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015006823
Lexile Measure: 670
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 7.25" W x 1.50" (1.15 lbs) 391 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 188038
Reading Level: 5.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q66483
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 20.0
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
Sixteen-year-old Hal and her pregnant older sister, Marthe, live on the margins. Their farm is failing, and Marthe's husband is still missing from the war. A pestilence of "Twisted Things"--otherworldly creatures that scorch one's flesh--forces Hal to turn to others for help. The plot is slow, but fresh world-building sustains it. A stark yet lyrical fantasy.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 August #4)

This superb fantasy takes place in a grim world that readers will come to recognize as a future North America. Reasons for society's collapse aren't given, but civilization is at a roughly 19th-century level. Guns are considered relics, but no one thinks twice about having Hmong neighbors. Months ago 16-year-old Hallie's brother-in-law, Thom, marched away from the farm she co-owns with her sister, Marthe, to fight the Wicked God Southward, an entity that traveled through a rent in the universe and, accompanied by its Twisted Things, was turning their world to ash. The ragtag human army defeated the Wicked God, but Thom, like many others, did not return; those who did have been badly damaged. When Hallie finds another Twisted Thing on the farm, the horror seems ready to return. Bobet (Above) is an accomplished stylist (a survivor of the war "carried the distance between us, five feet back and steady, like the borders of a whole universe"), and she insightfully examines the corrosive dangers of sibling rivalry in a story filled with impossible choices and unknowable ambiguities. Ages 12–up. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates. (Oct.)

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