What follows is a booktalk for a title on our Mock Printz shortlist. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the event where our winner will be chosen! This booktalk was written by Kristy Kemper Hodge of Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.
Just when Amrita’s life is starting to get interesting, everything changes. Sure, she’d always had a doting father, a loving lady’s maid who’s almost like the mother she never knew, and a best friend who shares her luxurious life in her father’s palace. But she’s beginning to notice her best friend in a whole new way when a rival king suddenly appears at the palace … and no one is sure what the king’s intentions are. Soon it becomes clear that he intends to claim Amrita as a wife, whether she wills it or not. And this king takes what he wants when he can’t get it willingly.
Chaos ensues as the rival families clash, and Amrita finds herself on the run with only a stranger as companion: Thala, a slave girl brought along as a gift by the enemy king. Amrita and Thala must outrun and outsmart, as well as out-muscle, the vicious soldiers who are after them as the girls try to navigate an unknown realm. Together Amrita and Thala embark on a journey full of dangers, where they must learn to trust others and themselves if they are to survive against all odds.
Will Thala’s ability to see into the future help or hinder them? What does it mean when Amrita’s true identity is called into question? Can they make it to a far-off locale where immortal helpers may assist them … when no one actually knows where those helpers are? Are their fates pre-destined, or are they in command of their own lives? What will it cost for them to find their way?
To discover what happens to Amrita, Thala, and the worlds they care about most, check out The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana, a lush new fantasy set in a land similar to a fantastical India.