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Rook by [Sharon Cameron]

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4.3 out of 5 stars 228 ratings

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Gr 9 Up—"It was a fine night for an execution…" but the Red Rook has other plans. Eighteen-year-old Sophia Bellamy, with the help of her older brother Tom and their trusted friend Spear, has freed the prisoners before the Razor could sever their heads. This retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel (a story unlikely to be familiar to most teens) is set in a far-future England and France, when magnetic pole shifts have rendered technology a distant memory. Candlelight, penned letters, and escapes on horseback are the order of the day, and shards of plastic can fetch a pretty price. A political atmosphere similar to the French Revolution has taken hold, and the Rook is determined that innocent lives will not be lost. When not wielding her sword (and a red-tipped feather as a calling card), Sophia is juggling her betrothal of convenience to handsome Frenchman René Hasard, meant to save the Bellamy estate from forfeiture. René is more intriguing (and smarter) than she expected, and though uncomfortable sparks initially fly between them, they soon find they are on the same side, despite René kinship to the Ministre of Security—the very man who has vowed to see the Red Rook brought down. Sophia and René are well matched, and Cameron's atmospheric writing keeps the novel moving. A good choice where Robin LaFevers's Grave Mercy (Houghton Harcourt, 2012) or Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution (Delacorte, 2010) are popular. VERDICT This dashing story line combines a technology-free dystopia with swashbuckling romance.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for Rook:A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selectionAn Indiebound Indie Next Top Ten selectionWinner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award "The suspense kicks right off in this action-packed tale, quickly wrapping readers up in the drama." -- Romantic Times"Full of derring-do and double crosses, this romantic adventure is thoroughly engrossing." -- Kirkus Reviews"Cameron crafts a brilliant homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel yet also manages to make her telling unique, particularly in... the many twists, turns, betrayals, and lucky breaks [that] will keep readers breathless until the very end." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Rook is sure to be a read all readers will remember." -- Portland Book ReviewPraise for The Dark Unwinding:A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selectionWinner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award "Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." -- USA Today"Haunting thrills unfurl..." -- Entertainment Weekly"Gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape." -- Publishers Weekly"[A] singularly polished piece." -- The Horn Book"A strikingly original, twisty gothic tale that holds surprises around every dark corner." -- Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I LiedPraise for A Spark Unseen:"Gripping... [an] absorbing, intelligent adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Rook:A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selectionAn Indiebound Indie Next Top Ten selectionWinner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award "The suspense kicks right off in this action-packed tale, quickly wrapping readers up in the drama." -- Romantic Times"Full of derring-do and double crosses, this romantic adventure is thoroughly engrossing." -- Kirkus Reviews"Cameron crafts a brilliant homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel yet also manages to make her telling unique, particularly in... the many twists, turns, betrayals, and lucky breaks [that] will keep readers breathless until the very end." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Rook is sure to be a read all readers will remember." -- Portland Book ReviewPraise for The Dark Unwinding:A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selectionWinner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award "Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." -- USA Today"Haunting thrills unfurl..." -- Entertainment Weekly"Gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape." -- Publishers Weekly"[A] singularly polished piece." -- The Horn Book"A strikingly original, twisty gothic tale that holds surprises around every dark corner." -- Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I LiedPraise for A Spark Unseen:"Gripping... [an] absorbing, intelligent adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00OBOA9SO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Press (April 28, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 28, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 14661 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 469 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 228 ratings

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Sharon Cameron’s debut novel, The Dark Unwinding, was awarded the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, which was selected as an IndieBound Indie Next Top Ten Pick of the List; The Forgetting, a #1 New York Times bestseller and an IndieBound Indie Next List selection; and its companion, The Knowing.

She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can follow her on Twitter at @SharonCameronE or visit her website at sharoncameronbooks.com.

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