Girls of Paper and Fire

Girls of Paper and Fire

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When Lei, seventeen, is stolen from her home to become one of nine Paper Girls, the Demon King's concubines, she proves to be more fire than paper.
Publisher: New York : Boston : JIMMY Patterson Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316452205
Branch Call Number: YA NGAN
Characteristics: pages cm


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Ngan's highly anticipated debut about a seventeen-year-old girl who is chosen to be one of the eight Paper Girls in the kingdom is the epic fantasy of the season. Recommended for grades 10 and up.

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Jan 01, 2019

Difficult subject matter written very elegantly. The author touches on some taboo topics but does so with such flare. This book had me on a rollercoaster of emotions that fueled my need to keep turning the pages. Highly recommend checking this book out.

Dec 10, 2018

This book is fantastic, the beautiful writing and the intense subject matter made me tear up a couple of times. Natasha Ngan believes it is important for teenagers to have conversations about sexual violence seeing that it's still prevalent in today's society. She handles the difficult topics of consent and power dynamics through a fantasy lens with such grace and sensitivity. The characters are multi-layered and have great development and the world building is so rich considering it's not a very long book. I highly recommend this book!


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Dec 18, 2018

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Dec 18, 2018

"The citizens of Ikhara comprise three castes: the oppressed, fully human “Paper” class; “Steel,” a human-animal mash-up; and the reigning “Moon” caste, made up of anthropomorphic animals called demons. Every year, the Moon caste’s king claims eight “Paper Girls” as concubines. It’s an alleged honor, but when the military collects golden-eyed, 17-year-old Lei from her family’s herbal medicine shop, she’s devastated. Her father will suffer if she resists, however, and she wonders about finding her mother, also taken, so Lei relocates to the ruler’s Hidden Palace. Although she dreads being summoned to the brutal king’s bedroom, Lei finds comfort in the friendship of her fellow courtesans—particularly the secretive Wren, with whom she falls in love. Ngan’s plot is tense and tight, her action sequences are elegant and adrenaline-soaked, and her story’s stakes increase exponentially through the pulse-pounding conclusion. She champions self-empowerment while condemning classism, homophobia, and the commodification of women." - From Publishers Weekly


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