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Book of a Thousand Days (Thorndike Literacy Bridge Young Adult) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Shannon Hale
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2 April 2008 Thorndike Literacy Bridge Young Adult
When a beautiful princess refuses to marry the prince her father has chosen, her father is furious. So furious he locks her in a tower. She has seven long years of solitude to think about her insolence. But the princess is not entirely alone - she can take her maid, Dashti. Petulant and spoilt, the princess eats the food in their meagre store as if she were still at court, and Dashti soon realizes they must either escape or slowly starve. But during their captivity, clever and resourceful Dashti discovers that there is something far more sinister behind her princesses fears of marrying of the prince, and when, finally, they do break free from the tower, they find a land laid to waste and the kingdom destroyed.They were safe in the tower, now they are at the mercy of the evil prince. But this maid is a force to be reckoned with. Thrilling, captivating, and a masterful example of storytelling at its best. The princess' maid is a feisty and thoroughly modern heroine, in this wonderfully timeless story.
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  • Hardcover: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (2 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410405826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410405821
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.4 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,000,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`In a word: amazing! . . . As a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale Maid Maleen, it has all the usual fairytale ingredients − heroes and villains, rags to riches, mistaken identities and plenty of magical romance. We love it'
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'Elegant and wistfully written' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 18 Sep 2007
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Shannon Hale's BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS is a riveting read that allows you to see into the soul of a young girl.

Angry at her for not marrying the ruler of a nearby kingdom, Lady Saren's father locks her and her maid in a tower. He plans to leave them there for seven years. It is Dashti, the maid's, responsibility to keep them fed and in good condition, no matter how hot or how cold it may be.

With evil lords, unresponsive guards, and dreamy suitors knocking on their tiny window on a daily basis, they have enough views of outside life to keep living through to the next day. But when all signs of outside human life suddenly vanish, they find themselves in a race against time to save the eight realms and their own lives.

I started and ended this book in a single day (despite having household tasks, homework, and a to-do list longer than it's ever been before). I was caught up in the world of Dashti and her dear Lady Saren. Their tale brought me to tears and made me laugh.

This novel was definitely an enjoyable read that kept me turning pages as fast as I could.

Reviewed by: Jessica Cave
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRY THIS FOR A CHARMING READ 21 Nov 2010
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I only bought this on a whim when I was treating myself to some book bargains. I was very pleasantly surprised to find it a real delight. The story is captivating with people I cared about right from the start. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story enfolds and I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time favourite! 1 Sep 2010
I have recently finished reading Shannon Hale's 'The Book of a Thousand Days' for the fourth time. Fourth time! And I loved it as much as the first time round. Honestly. If that's not reason enough to buy this book, then I don't know what is.

I'm a sucker for a good fairytale and the Brothers Grimm tales have to be the best. However, I wasn't familiar with 'Maid Maleen' - which 'Thousand Days' is based on - but that really doesn't matter. Hale's imagination runs wild in this fantastically fantastic story.

I love how Dashti's tale is structured into her diary entries. It really makes the story real for me; not so much like a novel than an insight into Dashti's life. Because the book itself plays such a big part in the story's events, I think that Hale has done a really cool thing. I really felt like part of Dashti's life, of her world. I felt what she felt, her humilation; her emotions - when she laughed, I grinned like a fool (for which I had to read in private) and when she despaired, I felt sorry for her. Hale is amazing for creating such vivid characters. I actually think that I fell a little bit in love with Khan Tegus!

A word of advice though, if you're anything like me, don't read this book at night by dim light. It made me feel like I was in the tower too. It made the story even more vivid which I guess is a good thing, but I couldn't sleep for ages afterwards - and I don't scare easily!

So read it, have fun and don't mock me too much please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and atmospheric writing 28 May 2009
I have enjoyed Hale's other books in which she roots fairy tale sensibilities in real seeming environments. This book is I think her best. Her world building is excellent and cleverly understated; her characters are more than fleshed out archetypes, but vibrant three dimensional people. I loved the pace and clarity of this story where nothing was unecessary and every thing that needed to be said was said and said well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fairy tale with a twist! 2 April 2009
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
I honestly thought I'd hate this book, purely because it's based on a fairy tale (Maid Maleen by The Brothers Grimm). Instead, I really enjoyed it, and ended up reading it in one go. It was very unusual, yet strangely compelling.

I loved the characters, the diary format, the illustrations and the unexpected twist towards the end. Looking back, I can see that there were a few hints to the twist, but none obvious enough to make me guess the ending.

Dashti was a brilliant narrator, and I enjoyed every minute of her recollections. She was brave, loyal, intelligent, and a true heroine in every sense of the word. Lady Saren, on the other hand, took me a while to warm to. I found her whiny and selfish, and couldn't understand Dashti's dedication to her. By the end of the book, I liked Saren, and sympathised with her situation. She redeems herself in the final few pages, and, thanks largely to Dashti, gains confidence and a place in the world. I also loved khan Tegus, the lead male character. He was well written and endearing, and his relationship with Dashti was sweet and honest.

Shannon Hale has a lovely writing style, and it's one that keeps you reading straight through to the end. The illustrations were also a nice touch, and added a fairy tale element to the book.

The Book of a Thousand Days was very different to anything I've read before, and was a nice change. I may read more of Shannon Hale's books in the future, and would like to thank her for getting me over my aversion to fairy tales. They're not as bad as I thought!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of a Thousand Days-GREAT 23 Feb 2009
By Nimsay

If you're about to buy the book of a thousand days - you should. It's a GREAT Book that you will not be able to put down until you read it right through to the last word. I was captured by the maid's strength, willpower to endure the ordeal and survive in the most miserable circumstances. After me being so fascinated by this book, I suggested it to my mum who found it just a excellent as I did.........So why should I take your time by praising this book? Better you just buy it and see for yourself how SUPER this Book is!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for young teens
Well written with interesting descriptions for young teens. A fantasy adventure that isn't as gruesome as many of it's contemporise. - mostly aimed at girls.
Published 14 days ago by D Family
5.0 out of 5 stars My review of a book of a thousand days
I enjoyed the content and story line of this book for it was gripping and exciting.also this book is really enjoyable and is impossible to put down. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lisa Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best teen fantasy I've read in a long while
I absolutely adored this, escapist fantasy at it's best with a complicated heroine I was rooting for throughout. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by Josie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Shannon Hale!
I enjoyed this book immensely. I am a lover of fairy tale's, and this one does not disappoint. I loved how the book is written as a journal by Dashti. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by Mary-The Sweet Bookshelf
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Book of a Thousand Days is all from the point of view of the maid, Dashti, and it's done in the style of diary entries. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by L.J.Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
Really great book; a real page-turner. I was immediately swept up in the characters and their situation, and absolutely couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on 23 May 2011 by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars My kind of fairytale!
A great start. Two young girls from the opposite of backgrounds locked away in a tower with only each other and the rats for company. So many questions to ask... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2009 by Marnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful
I purchased "The Book of a Thousand Days" as an impulse buy, and I have to say, I've not read anything so beautiful in a long time. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by Lucy
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