Trickster’s Queen, by Tamora Pierce

Reread this through, and again, my appreciation of the story and Pierce’s skill only grows. Set in a kingdom enslaved by colonialists, Pierce has nothing less on her mind than full-scale revolution. And though her narrative features a white heroine, Pierce avoids having the white girl on the scene to teach the people of color how to do what they need to. Instead, she spins a story of a girl, out of her element, who works with the people around her to move toward their goal, one that she has come to embrace. Great writing, great action sequences. For age 15 and up.

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