- The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Library ed. ISBN 978-0-06-207467-6 $17.89
Trade ed. ISBN 978-0-06-207466-9 $16.99
E-book ed. ISBN 978-0-06-265821-0 $9.99R Gr. 4–6
Peregrine was raised as a Latki, the people who conquered and rule the Bamarre, and she carries all of the arrogance and cruel assumptions that a true Latki would. When she learns that she was actually born a Bamarre and then adopted, her world upends as she suddenly questions everything about herself, the political structure under which she is raised, and, most importantly, the social norms that she blindly accepted before, especially the prejudice against the Bamarre. This certainly doesn’t mean that Peregrine accepts her sudden upheaval with grace, but her wisdom ends up being deeper for being hard-won. Peregrine is smart, sassy, and headstrong, even when she is wrong, but with proper guidance and nudging, she emerges a more well-rounded and complete girl who can see more than one side to the world. A clear set up of rights and wrongs, a sympathetic protagonist, and a sweeping magical setting—there’s a lot that existing Levine fans will recognize and appreciate here, and new readers will be pleased to learn that the author has plenty more for them to enjoy.