Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
I decided to read Iron Hearted Violet (Little, Brown and Company, 2012), one of Kelly Barnhill's earlier books, because of reading several recent ones.
Violet is not your average princess. First of all, she's not beautiful. Even her eyes don't match. But her people love her anyway. She's an excellent story teller. Her only friend is a stable boy named Demetrius and the two often escape duties to run around the castle. One day they stumble on a forbidden book and Violet starts reading about the Nybbas, who is not ever to be mentioned. While her father is off hunting the first dragon that has been sighted in years, Violet's mother gets very sick, and cracks start showing up in the castle. Will their world collapse?