Rich Fantasy for Teens

Summary:

Dashti is the maid to Lady Saren, a princess who refuses to marry the evil man her father has chosen for her. As punishment, Dashti and her princess are locked in a tower for the next thousand days (seven years!). Khan Tagis, the princess’s preferred suitor visits the women. But so does the evil one, as well as some rats. Thanks to the cat, the rats, and the good suitor, the two young ladies survive to escape. Back in civilization, they find refuge in the city of the good suitor and eventually the princess becomes a cook and the maid becomes a princess!


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a meaty fairy tale that young readers (especially girls) will like.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

I enjoyed the story and I would buy this book as a gift. I thought it was rather weird that the evil guy was likened to a wolf and those characteristics made his whole army turn against him. It was really cool that Khan Tagis started to like the maid just by talking to her and finding things they had in common. Lady Saren was kind of useless until she did something useful at Tagis' castle. She was really the stereotypical princess: crying, whining, selfish. I liked her after she started giving instead of always taking.

Type of Book:
This is a classic fairy tale told as journal entries.
Educational Themes:

Fairy tales are stories meant to be enjoyed as leisure reading.

Reading Level:
5.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a nice story, but once you have read it, you'll probably go on to another book. This would make a great gift for a teenage girl.

Title Book of a Thousand Days
Author Shannon Hale
Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens © 2009
ISBN 1599903784
Material Hard Cover
Genres Friendship, Fairy Tale
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