Blog Tour Review: Fierce, Fearless and Free by Lari Don

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Fierce, Fearless and Free by Lari Don
Genre: Middle Grade
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 141
Release date: 05/03/2020
Rating: ★★★★☆
Summary: A brilliant, inclusive collection of traditional tales from around the world featuring amazing women and girls. Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who – no, that’s not right! Once upon a time, there were strong, fierce women who plotted, schemed, took action, showed kindness, used magic and trickery, and made their own destiny. From the long-haired Petrosinella who escaped the tower and broke the spell that the ogress had cast over her and Nana Miriam who beat a hippo using politeness and magic, to Kate Crackernuts who tried to save her stepsister from her mother’s curse, these are stories of girls doing it for themselves! With stories drawn from all over the world, including China, Scotland, Armenia, Italy and Nigeria, Lari Don presents heroine stories that don’t leave girls sitting around waiting to be saved by the handsome prince.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own*

When I first heard about this book, I knew I really wanted to read it. I loved the idea of collecting myths from around the world featuring female leads, and I loved that it included myths from a variety of different countries, and didn’t just use the same myths that people already know. I loved getting to see new myths from different cultures.

I don’t normally like anthologies or short stories, because I struggle to get into the story and there are always stories in anthologies that I end up hating. I didn’t have either of those problems with this book. I really enjoyed every story in this book. They all had a fairytale feel to them that made it easier to get into the story in such a short span of pages.

It was also a quick and engaging read. I flew through it in one sitting.

Overall, I think this is a really great book for young people to read. It teaches young people that women can do anything that men can, and it also introduces young people to other cultures.

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Author Information

Lari Don

Lari Don is an award-winning writer for young people of all ages. She loved Scottish traditional tales as a child, and now loves gathering myths, legends and folktales from all over the world to inspire her novels. Since becoming a full-time author, she has written more than 30 children’s books, from picture books and early readers to middle-grade adventure novels and a teen thriller. Lari is passionate about visiting schools and libraries to share the traditional tales she loves, to show how those old stories can be used to inspire new stories, and to encourage young people to create their own adventures. Fierce, Fearless and Free is her fifth collection of traditional tales for Bloomsbury, returning to the theme of her first, the bestselling Girls, Goddesses and Giants. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two fierce, fearless and free daughters.



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