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FLORA’S DARE

How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room)

By Ysabeau S. Wilce

Age Range: 12 - 15

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-15-205427-4
Publisher: Harcourt

Fourteen-year-old Flora Nemain Fyrdraaca ov Fyrdraaca thought everything would get better when her father’s sanity returned after her adventures in Flora Segunda (2007). Instead, he’s turned into a slave driver, making Flora wash dishes, dust her bedroom and study, study, study. Flora wants to find someone who can teach her magical Gramatica, but when an enormous tentacle attacks her out of a dance-club toilet, she’s drawn back into her city’s intrigues. Earthquakes, rebellion and a giant squid threaten Flora’s home, best friend Udo has been possessed and perfect sister Idden has gone AWOL. Flora and Udo are hilarious protagonists in a crackpot setting: While Udo zombifies bandits while wearing lip rouge and frock coats, Flora swims through the magical Current with sexy Lord Axacaya. Many fantasy novels have spunky heroines who challenge traditional gender roles; Flora’s world doesn’t so much subvert gender as find our received notions completely irrelevant to its own society’s complex mores and culture. This fresh and funky setting is rich with glorious costumes, innovative language and tantalizing glimpses of history. (Fantasy. 12-15)