Hale, Shannon. 2004. ENNA BURNING. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 1582348898 [Suggested Grade Levels 6 and up]
Hale's re-imagining of THE GOOSE GIRL (2003) will enjoy this sequel, as Enna the forest girl (once the closest friend to Isi, formerly the Goose Girl and now queen) watches over her brother as he learns to control fire. His extraordinary powers engulf Enna into taking his gift of power. This unusual tale shares images of fire and heat that only he has the control. When he chooses to consume himself in battle, she takes on his gift. Extraordinary images of fire, heat, and fill this engaged tale. Enna's fire can be mistaken as the need for power, a teen fad, or simply a gift. Hale's tale hints at some innocent romanticism and deep lessons of friendship and limitations.
Invite young teens to talk about the importance of devoted friendships between women, and taking risks for people we love.
Also encourage teens to talk about the appeal of running with the “bad” group. Encourage them to write about any good or bad decisions they made and the consequences of their actions.
Lowry, Louis. MESSENGER. ISBN 0618404414 Pierce, Tamara. TRICKSTER’S QUEEN. ISBN 0375813671
Rowling, J.K., HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AAKABAN (HARRY POTTER #3). ISBN 0439136350
By Kim Southwell