BY ESTHER FRIESNER
In this conclusion to the two-part adventure begun in Esther Friesen’s “Spirit Princess,” Himiko’s world is falling apart.
An attack by the Ookami clan has left many from her tribe dead or enslaved. And those who remain in the ransacked Matsu village are certain they’ve angered the gods.
Amid the chaos and fear, Himiko hatches a plan to save her beloved tribe. Traveling through the treacherous wilderness with her best friend, Kaya, their only goal is to free her clanfolk from the Ookami.
At every turn she encounters other tribes and unforeseen challenges that ultimately lead to Himiko’s own capture by the Ookami.
Held against her will, Himiko starts to realize that not all of the Ookami are her enemies and every step of her unconventional journey has prepared her for something greater than life as an princess.
Though she may not see her path as clearly as the spirits seem to, there’s more adventure (and even unexpected love) for this young shamaness and warrior.
Friesner’s Princess of Myth books chronicling such strong female heroines in history as Helen of Troy, Nefertiti and Himiko explore heroism, family versus individual duty and gender roles.
Ages 12 up.
‘JANIE FACE TO FACE’
BY CAROLINE B. COONEY
“Janie Face to Face” is the final book in the best-selling Janie series that began with “The Face on the Milk Carton.” In this conclusion to the popular series, Caroline B. Cooney gives readers answers to any of their remaining questions about Janie and her life after the discovery that she had been kidnapped.
Countless readers have followed Janie Johnson’s story: the riveting tale of a happy-go-lucky toddler snatched from a mall in New Jersey and raised by her kidnapper’s loving and unsuspecting parents.
From recognizing her own face on a friend’s milk carton, to falling in love with the ultimate boy next door, to returning to her “real” family, Janie’s life has both captivated and horrified readers everywhere.
Now 18 years old, Janie has found room in her heart for both of her families, and is heading off to college in the vast metropolis of New York City.
Janie is determined to find the anonymity she longs for, even if it means hiding who she really is.
But when Calvin Vinessett, a best-selling and utterly ruthless author, decides to write a true-crime book about her life, Janie is forced to confront her past — even if that means coming face to face with her kidnapper.
With “Janie Face to Face,” Cooney has come full-circle to show readers what really happens to Janie — and whether she’s able to put together the pieces of her past to create her own future.
Ages 12 up.