The weight of feathers

by McLemore, Anna-Marie,

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Although Lace Paloma knows all about the feud between the Palomas and the Corbeaus, she finds herself falling for Cluck Corbeau when he saves her life while both families are performing in the same town.
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Booklist Review: "Twenty years ago, two traveling-show families changed from rivals to enemies. The Palomas' escalas make them at home in the water, where the women swim as mermaids. The Corbeaus' feathers mark their kinship with birds and show them most at home above ground, in the trees. Every summer, the families cross paths in Almendro, but this summer is different. Against their will, teenagers Lace Paloma and Luc Cluck Corbeau are drawn together, at once disproving family stories about the other side and putting their lives at risk from the very people who should be protecting them. McLemore's debut novel has ties to Romeo and Juliet, David Almond's mythical Skellig (1998), and the real-life performances of Cirque du Soleil. Imaginative and lyrical, Lace and Cluck's story will appeal to those comfortable with magic realism. Persistent readers will be rewarded with the intriguing denouement, which resolves the historical conflict, though they may be disappointed with the lovers' path to the future.--Moore, Melissa Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Like all Paloma girls, Lace was born with small escalas decorating her body, "a sprinkling of scales off a pale fish, a gift from the river goddess Apanchanej." Life revolves around performing as sirenas in her itinerant family's popular mermaid show, a tourist attraction rivaled only by that of their nemesis family, the Corbeaus, who have feathers instead of scales, and dance high in the trees. Superstition and a generations-old feud fuel hatred between the talented families, and when Cluck, a Corbeau, saves Lace during a chemical rainstorm caused by a nearby adhesive manufacturing plant, he unwittingly dooms Lace's future with her family. McLemore's prose is ethereal and beguiling, the third-person narration inflected with Spanish and French words and phrases that reflect the non-magical aspects of the Paloma and Corbeau heritage. The enchanting setup and the forbidden romance that blooms between these two outcasts will quickly draw readers in, along with the steady unspooling of the families' history and mutual suspicions in this promising first novel. Ages 14-up. Agent: Taylor Martindale, Full Circle Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Vendetta Fiction
Romanies Fiction
Circus performers Fiction
Interpersonal relations Fiction
Magic Fiction
Family life Fiction
Love Fiction
Families Fiction
Performing arts Fiction
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2015
St. Martin's Publishing Group2015
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781466873230
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