The Mirror Season

Anna-Marie McLemore's The Mirror Season is intelligent, brutal and exquisitely written. This novel, longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature, is a contemporary retelling of a fairytale ("The Snow Queen") with elements of magical realism.

Ciela was the type of girl who "reveled in... her brown skin... matching [her] lace-trimmed underwear to [her] makeup." But the party changed her. That night, Ciela and Lock Thomas were both sexually assaulted. Ciela tried to help Lock, a visiting white boy who had been drugged, but believes she instead put them both in danger. Now, she wants only to forget. But as commonplace items begin turning to glass and a shard gets stuck in Ciela's eye, Lock shows up at her school as a new student. McLemore's craft is superb and the emotions they describe are raw and realistically confused. The Mirror Season is ferociously beautiful. --Siân Gaetano, children's and YA editor, Shelf Awareness

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