Sunday, February 24, 2019

Briar and Rose and Jack by Katherine Coville - ADVISABLE

Briar and Rose and Jack by Katherine Coville, 368 pages.  Houghton Mifflin, JUNE 2019.  $17.  

Content: G (some danger)



When the twins Briar and Rose were born, Briar’s disfigurement alarmed her royal parents, who then pretended that she was the daughter of another couple.  Rose, the younger twin, on the other hand, was exactly what a princes is “expected” to look like and she was presented to the fairies for their blessings.  And, of course, the one cursed by the angry Gray Fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16thbirthday.  The girls are raised with no knowledge of their twin-ness.  A giant started terrorizing the kingdom when the girl were young, and together with a village boy named Jack, the girls vow to one day take the giant down.

While the story seems quite complicated, Coville manages to bring everything together in the end, even giving the evil Bishop his well-deserved comeuppance.  Those students who love retold fairy tales will certainly enjoy this.  It is much more in the classic fairy tale mein, as opposed to imposing a modern aesthetic on the tales.

Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS

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