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The Wrinkled Crown
Contributor(s): Nesbet, Anne (Author)

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ISBN: 0062104292     ISBN-13: 9780062104298
Publisher: HarperCollins
OUR PRICE: $15.29  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: November 2015

Annotation: Overcome by the temptation to learn to play the lourka despite the town edict forbidding use of the musical instrument, Linna secretly builds a lourka for herself and is forced to leave her home and set things right when her best friend is stricken by a curse. Simultaneous eBook. 30,000 first printing.
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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2014047814
Lexile Measure: 910
Physical Information: 1.3" H x 5.9" W x 8.3" (0.97 lbs) 400 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 180701
Reading Level: 6.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 14.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Nesbet, Anne: -

Anne Nesbet teaches classes on silent films and Russian novels at UC Berkeley. The author of The Cabinet of Earths and A Box of Gargoyles, she lives near San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and one irrepressible dog.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
In Linnet's village, girls mustn't touch the lourka, a musical instrument, before they're twelve. Linny, who's built one for herself, expects to die for her transgression. Instead, friend Sayra fades into the unreachable Away. Searching for a cure, Linny leaves her magic land for countries where mathematics, science, and craft contend against one another. Nesbet's fable explores science, logic, and imagination through eventfulness and visual richness.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #6)
In Linnet's village surrounded by enchanted, "wrinkled" hills, girls mustn't touch the traditional stringed instrument, the lourka, before they're twelve. But Linny (full of "music fire") has more than touched a lourka; she's built one for herself. On her twelfth birthday, she expects to die for her transgression. Instead, it's her friend Sayra who begins to fade into the unreachable realm called Away. Searching for a cure for Sayra before she's gone for good, Linny and her lummoxy friend Elias travel out of their magic land into countries polarized by cultural rigidity—where mathematical precision, applied science, and artisanal craft contend against one another, and peace is threatened by weapons that do "something terrible to the structure of the world." Nesbet's fable (which gestures toward a sequel) explores the relationship of science, logic, and imagination, forging ahead with eventfulness and visual richness. A cozy, personable narrative voice punctuates the drama with light humor: "You really should know someone well before you talked about drowning him," the narrator exclaims to the reader; or "sometimes hiding is the right solution, and sometimes a girl just has to run like the wind and hope she's faster than the angry people after her." deirdre f. bake Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 September #1)

Nesbet's (A Box of Gargoyles) charming though predictable fantasy introduces Linny, about to turn 12. In her mountain village of Lourka, that milestone will keep her out of danger, since any girlchild who has ever touched a lourka (the village's eponymous musical instrument) will be spirited away by evil Voices on her 12th birthday. Linny has not only touched a lourka, she has fashioned one of her own; yet when the day comes, the Voices take her best friend Sayra instead. Linny ventures beyond her mountains for a way to bring Sayra back, discovering in the strange lands of the Broken City that there is an ancient prophecy she resembles about the Girl with the Lourka, and that she is being swept up into a revolution far beyond her control. Spritely characterization, complex worldbuilding, and efforts to create a landscape of moral ambiguity nearly balance Nesbet's thoroughly telegraphed plot and tendency to drop threads of story. Linny herself, despite being something of a cliché of the spirited heroine, has enough interiority and dimension to maintain interest. Ages 8–12. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 August)

Gr 3–7—Linny is approaching her coming-of-age "twelve ceremony," when she will at last be able to touch a lourka—the almost magical, exquisitely toned, stringed instrument, named for Linny's village in the wrinkled hills. The instrument has been forbidden to her until now. The trouble is, Linny has already broken this strict rule and made her own lourka, which she plays in secret, and only her best friend Sayra knows. This transgression sets in motion a chain of events that leaves Linny no choice but to journey to Bend, the Broken City of the plains, to find a remedy for the curse she has inadvertently caused to threaten Sayra's life. Fortunately for Linny, her good friend Elias will not let her go alone. Facing a host of Orwellian gray-suited map-making enemies and with the assistance of a Half-Cat and a magician, Linny discovers that her journey has already been foretold, right down to the very dress she wears, given to her by her mother for her birthday. War is imminent in the Broken City as magic clashes with math and science, and when Elias and Linny are separated, Elias is recruited as a terrorist. Linny must use all her intelligence and intuition to save them both. Nesbet has a sure touch in bringing this breathless tale to tween readers. Her characters are realistic and likable. Nesbet's writing is deft and unpredictable, with adventure following adventure, keeping readers hooked to the end, and with hints of a sequel to come. Linny's strength lies in her willingness to embrace scientific knowledge and marry it to the magic of intuition. The Broken City can be a metaphor for many current destabilized regions, but it's a place where a young girl can save the world if she uses her intelligence—and learns to read a map. VERDICT This well-developed fantasy/adventure is a first purchase for middle grade collections.—Jane Barrer, United Nations International School, New York City

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