From her unsympathetic freshman teacher to the racist classmate who mercilessly taunts her (publicly questioning her about her green card status, an incident from Tahir’s high school years), Noor has lived for years being treated as “another “. She finds solace in music and her faith. Noor and Salahudin are also burdened by a particularly terrible personal trauma, the nature of which is not revealed until late in the novel.
Tahir, author of the hit fantasy trilogy ‘Ember in the Ashes’, spent 15 years working on ‘All My Rage’, which is ultimately a story of love triumphing over the worst of circumstances.
The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill; Algonquin books for young readers, 400 pages ($19.95). 10 years and over.
Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medalist for ‘The Girl Who Drunk the Moon’, delivers both inspiration and enchantment in this exquisite fantasy, a thrilling tale of dragons and ogresses, orphans, pies and talking crows and an intelligent philosophical meditation on the question: “Who is my neighbor?”
Something has gone horribly wrong in the charming town of Stone-on-Glen. It began “a terrible night” when “the Library burned down”. Then the school burned down. A sinkhole has opened up in the city park. Once abundant in fruit trees, the city lost all its trees and found itself with a dazzling sun, the light “of a constant whiteness, burning and difficult to bear”. “The neighbors looked at each other… …retired to their houses…locked their doors and locked their shutters.” They blamed their misfortunes on the ogress who took up residence in an abandoned farmhouse on the outskirts of town.