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 Lost kingdom of Bamarre
 Author: Levine, Gail Carson

 Publisher:  Harper (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 385 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 567031 ISBN: 9780062074669
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Prejudices -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $20.88

A warrior girl learns that she is not who she thinks she is, and must raise a rebellion on behalf of her people.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 189389
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 16.0   Quiz: 71452

   School Library Journal (05/01/17)
   Booklist (03/15/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/15/2017 The Lakti are a warrior people, a kingdom of conquerors. To them, their Bamarre neighbors are cowards, fit only to be servants. Peregrine is the Lakti daughter of a favored couple, warm Lord Tove, who nurtures deep prejudices against the Bamarre, and cool, watchful Lady Klausine. Perry doesn’t question things; she trains in the battle arts and pays little attention to the Bamarre servants. But when she is visited by a fairy, Perry learns that she’s not a Lakti but a Bamarre, stolen at birth by her childless mother. Perry can choose to forget what she knows and live her life as a Lakti or embrace her heritage and help her true people escape tyranny. Levine slips seamlessly back into the world of The Two Princesses of Bamarre (2001), and readers will recognize more than a few magical objects. This balances elements of Rapunzel and a smart, timely exploration of the prejudices that exist between people, and fans of Levine will rejoice to watch the journey of another strong, flawed heroine. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 5–8—Action and adventure abound in this fantasy novel about a young woman whose life is upended when she learns the truth about her past. Set in the same world as Levine's The Two Princesses of Bamarre, but generations earlier, this story follows the struggles of 15-year-old Peregrine (Perry), the adopted daughter of the powerful Lord Tove and Lady Klausine. Perry is socially awkward but athletically gifted and craves attention from her stern Lakti parents, members of the ruling class who dole their affection out in small doses. Just before her first trip to the battlefield, Perry is visited by a fairy who tells her that she is not part of the Lakti ruling class but Bamarre born. Bamarre people are oppressed by and made to serve the Lakti, who treat them with disdain and tell stories of their weakness. When Lord Tove discovers the truth about Perry's birth, he imprisons her in a tower. Armed with magical seven league boots, Perry escapes and begins a new life. While living in disguise with her Bamarre birth parents, she resolves to rescue her newfound people from the tyranny of the Lakti, eventually sparking a rebellion. Levine plays with the "Rapunzel" story here, giving Perry magical hair and placing her in a familiar medieval setting. Despite a few moments of awkwardness in the text, the action moves along swiftly and Perry's moral awakening is ultimately satisfying. VERDICT With its relevant commentary on race and prejudice and its strong female lead, this newest addition to Levine's oeuvre will appeal to the author's followers and fantasy fans.—Kristy Pasquariello, Wellesley Free Library, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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