Margaret K. McElderry


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Behind the Book by Peternelle van Arsdale

Young adult author Peternelle van Arsdale (The Beast Is an Animal) has spun an incredibly atmospheric and deeply feminist retelling of the myth of Medusa with her second novel, The Cold Is in Her Bones. In an isolated rural village, 16-year-old Milla dutifully works on her parents’ farm, prays and performs the old rituals to keep her home free of demons. But when a girl from a neighboring town moves to the farmhouse nearby, Milla learns some unsettling and harsh truths about the society they live in and must question her own identity. Packed with emotion, empathy and poetic prose, this story is a modern fairy tale that reads like an old classic. 

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