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Author(s): Lisa Preziosi
Publisher: XistPublishing
ISBN-10: 1532402317
ISBN-13: 9781532402319
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Category: Middle Grade

The Ice Maiden’s Tale

Synopsis:

Every town has an old lady all the children just know is a witch and the quiet burg of Dunkler Wald is no different.  When Johanna and Casper Sullivan need to be babysat by their neighbor, Mrs. Kinder, the town’s resident “witch”, they have no idea what to expect. 

 

Their afternoon begins with Mrs. Kinder telling them two intertwining stories.  The first is about a sculptor named Gabriel who believes he sees an angel trapped inside a block of ice and becomes compelled to carve her.  The second story follows Sebastian, a sorcerer, who finds the statue and becomes obsessed with bringing her to life.  Sebastian and Gabriel’s adventures take them through a magical landscape where they encounter creatures like the goblin keeper of lost things, the swamp witch who speaks in rhyme and even a frozen dragon. At the heart of this two-sided and intertwining fairy tale is the idea that love and redemption can transcend even death.  This strikes Johanna and Casper close to home as the children search for a way to cope with the crisis unfolding in their own family.

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Lily Stejskal said on 10/21/2017:
Very exciting and whimsical story within a story.

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“That night in his sleep, he tossed and turned, dreaming of disappearing angels, mysterious music, and the sound of fluttering wings.  The last thing he remembered was a voice unlike any he’d heard before, repeating three simple words: Set. Me. Free.”






Every town has an old lady all the children just know is a witch and the quiet burg of Dunkler Wald is no different.  When Johanna and Casper Sullivan need to be babysat by their neighbor, Mrs. Kinder, the town’s resident “witch”, they have no idea what to expect. 

 

Their afternoon begins with Mrs. Kinder telling them two intertwining stories.  The first is about a sculptor named Gabriel who believes he sees an angel trapped inside a block of ice and becomes compelled to carve her.  The second story follows Sebastian, a sorcerer, who finds the statue and becomes obsessed with bringing her to life.  Sebastian and Gabriel’s adventures take them through a magical landscape where they encounter creatures like the goblin keeper of lost things, the swamp witch who speaks in rhyme and even a frozen dragon. At the heart of this two-sided and intertwining fairy tale is the idea that love and redemption can transcend even death.  This strikes Johanna and Casper close to home as the children search for a way to cope with the crisis unfolding in their own family.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. Her debut novel "The Ice Maiden's Tale" was released by Xist Publishing on May 30, 2017. It's a story-in-a-story fairy tale adventure for all ages. Currently, she still works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of being somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place.

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@ Bookish Bron
"Overall this was a fun read that, despite the ice, left me feeling warm and nostalgic."

@ Jill Jemmett's Book Blog
"I like the way this story brought a fairytale/folk tale into the modern world...This is a good story with a unique premise."


@Le Coeur de l'Artiste

"Preziosi writes for both a youthful audience and adult when weaving this captivating tale. You’ll settle yourself in a chair not unlike Mrs. Kinder does and not want to leave until the very end."


@ Bookworm for Kids
"With a bit of the feel of The Princess Bride, this is an enchanting fairy tale and more...Although this book is intended for readers ages eight and up, it's something that adults will enjoy as well.  The heroes hit upon topics which adults will relate to as well.  Ic an see this especially nice as read aloud."


@ Goodreads

"I encourage anyone who enjoys storytelling to read this book."

"The characters were easy to fall in love with. I couldn't put this book down. I also loved the twist at the end and that it wasn't predictable."

“This story within a story meant there were two narratives to explore, and the way the two were ultimately aligned left me closing this book with a heart both heavy with loss for its occupants and buoyed with hope for their future without the reader.”


@ Amazon

"The power of hope and storytelling and family wind throughout the pages of the book, and they're entwined in the heart of the stories. This is going on my bookshelf with Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm."


"Wonderful story that pulls you in to its pages from start to finish. Great for both the young and the young at heart..."


"Reading this book will conjure the same feeling you had as a kid, watching the Neverending Story or The Princess Bride. It's such a pure story, story telling at its best."


“The author has created a truly riveting tale with elements of good vs evil, light vs dark, and sprinkled in some love and romance. This book reads like a movie, she painted a colorful picture with vivid descriptions and imagery. This is a children's book, but I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and fairytales!”

“…the reader is transformed into a child, being read to before bed-time and with their dreams full of lost lands. This story within a story meant there were two narratives to explore, and the way the two were ultimately aligned left me closing this book with a heart both heavy with loss for its occupants and buoyed with hope for their future without the reader.”


INTERVIEWS

Podcast With Gabriela Pereira @ DIY MFA "Writing a Modern Day Fairy Tale — Interview with Lisa Preziosi"

With Mayra Calvani at blogcritics.org


With Author Julie Whitley

“That night in his sleep, he tossed and turned, dreaming of disappearing angels, mysterious music, and the sound of fluttering wings.  The last thing he remembered was a voice unlike any he’d heard before, repeating three simple words: Set. Me. Free.”

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    Lily Stejskal said on October 21, 2017:
    Very exciting and whimsical story within a story.

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