Blanca & Roja / Anna-Marie McLemore.
- ISBN: 9781250162717
- ISBN: 1250162718
- Physical Description: 375 pages ; 22 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2018.
- Copyright: ©2018
|General Note:||"A Junior Library Guild selection"|
|Summary, etc.:||"The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they're also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan. But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans' spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them... The story of the ugly duckling was never about the cygnet discovering he is lovely. It is about the sudden understanding that you are something other than what you thought you were."--Publisher's description.|
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School Library Journal Review
Blanca and Roja
School Library Journal
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Gr 8 Up-Magical realism extraordinaire McLemore crafts a queer, Latinx mash-up of "Snow White," "Wild Swans," and Swan Lake told from four perspectives. Blanca and Roja del Cisne are sisters, destined to be ripped apart by a curse that will turn one of them into a swan. Enter a blue-eyed boy named Yearling, who can turn into a bear, along with his best friend Page, who is sometimes a boy, sometimes a girl, sometimes in-between. Real-world problems of small-town life, family betrayal, and developing crushes among the quartet are entangled with the very eminent danger of the curse of the swans. Reflective dialogue among and in the minds of each character results in meandering action. The expansive, magical tone of McLemore's writing leaves readers invested not just in the multidimensional characters' stories, but in their own unfolding paths and questions about identity. Colorism within the Latinx community and nonbinary gender representation are adeptly explored in McLemore's prose with nuance. The most magical element of this fairy tale is the focus on very real identities and how they intersect. The chapter endings of the four alternating perspectives sometimes abruptly tug readers from one thread to another. Any fan of McLemore's body of work, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, or Malinda Lo's fantasy will revel in this novel. VERDICT A magical and lovely first purchase for all YA shelves.-Angela -Wiley, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Â© Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Blanca and Roja
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McLemore (Wild Beauty) offers another lushly written fairy tale retelling, this time intermingling hints of "Snow White" with "Swan Lake" and other classic tales of girls turned into swans. Devoted sisters Blanca and Roja are as different physically as siblings can be. Roja has hair as dark as "coffee grounds, but red... a red so dark it looked wet" and skin "as brown as the almond's skin"; Blanca's skin is pale, her hair "as fine and blond as a duckling's down." They grow up under a curse: in each generation of sisters, swans take one sister during the bloom of adolescence to become a swan for life. Rather than turn the sisters into rivals, McLemore tells a love story between siblings reticent to betray the other, both equally determined to outsmart the curse and the eager swans along with it. Two additional protagonists populate the novel: Barclay, a blue-eyed boy who becomes a bear by a different name and falls for Roja, and Page, a gender-non- binary teen who turns into a cygnet and grows captivated with Blanca. The four protagonists' family drama and secrets help to compel the narrative forward in this twisty, allusive story. Ages 13-up. Agent: Taylor Martindale Kean, Full Circle Literary. (Oct.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Blanca and Roja
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*Starred Review* Sisters Blanca and Roja del Cisne have grown up understanding their family's curse. Long ago, their ancestor bargained with the swans for a daughter. Every generation, the Del Cisnes have two daughters, but eventually, the swans always take one back. Roja, fierce and willful, has always believed she'd be the sister turned into a swan, while graceful, compliant Blanca would remain a girl. But if there's anything Blanca is willing to fight for, it's her sister. As their days together wane, two boys with curses of their own enter their lives. Barclay Holt, once the son of a wealthy, treacherous family, who has been trapped for a year in the body of a bear; and his best friend, Page Ashby, child of apple farmers, who identifies as a boy but finds that the pronouns she and her fit comfortably as well. As the four come closer together, their fates may become unalterably linked. In her fourth novel, McLemore (Wild Beauty , 2017) is at her finest; she twines Latino folklore through the fairy tales of Swan Lake and Snow White & Rose Red to create a story that is wholly original. She writes openheartedly about families found and families given, the weight of expectation and the price of duty, and in the end offers up something that's vibrant, wondrously strange, and filled to the brim with love of all kinds.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2018 Booklist