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Thief River Falls Public Library j CAJ (Text) 35500006524126 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 0063008777
  • ISBN: 9780063008779
  • Physical Description: 321 pages : 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2021.

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"Gussy knows that being a village Protector is a big job, even if Grandpa Widow makes the role look easy. So when Grandpa Widow is suddenly called to travel across the desert surrounding the village, and Gussy has to step into the role of Protector herself, she barely feels ready to perform the magical Rites that keep her village safe from the Great Doom, the mysterious power that threatens the residents in the lands outside. On her very first night in charge, a mysterious young girl arrives in search of shelter, forcing Gussy to break the number one rule of being a Protector: When the sun goes down, keep the gates shut. Soon it becomes clear that the Great Doom has managed to get inside the village walls. And as the villagers all look to Gussy for help, Gussy will have to turn to some surprising allies to save the only home she's ever known."--Amazon.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 November #1
    Fiddle pressed firmly to neck, Gussy walks behind Grandpa Widow with pride and purpose. As Protectors, they circle the wall surrounding their desert town performing Rites, age-old songs and rituals, to keep out the Great Doom, which creeps ever closer to their gate and threatens death and destruction. On this particular evening, Grandpa Widow receives a summons from the Council of Protectors, which means Gussy will have to carry out the Rites alone during his absence. Though Gussy has been training for this ever since Grandpa Widow found her abandoned as an infant, challenges mount as certain rules no longer feel clear-cut and someone begins sabotaging the protective charms. Gussy narrates with a down-home storytelling flare that, along with her candid attitude, makes her a real pleasure to spend time with. Cajoleas threads interesting ideas about religion and respecting nature through the narrative. While the contained quality of the story (geographically and through Gussy's repetitive duties) may put off readers who prefer action-based fantasies, readers interested in character and world building will find Gussy's town well worth visiting. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Women fiddlers > Juvenile fiction.
Magic > Juvenile fiction.
Villages > Juvenile fiction.
Rites and ceremonies > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.

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