Martine Leavitt offers a spellbinding story, interweaving elements of classic fantasy and high romance in this National Book Award Finalist. Keturah follows a legendary hart into the king's forest, where she becomes hopelessly lost. Her strength diminishes until, finally, she realizes that death is near. Little does she know that he is a young, handsome lord, melancholy and stern. Renowned for her storytelling, Keturah is able to charm Lord Death with a story and thereby gain a reprieve—but only for twenty-four hours. She must find her one true love within that time, or all is lost. Keturah searches desperately while the village prepares for an unexpected visit from the king and Keturah is thrust into a prominent role as mysterious happenings alarm her friends and neighbors. Lord Death's presence hovers over this all until Keturah confronts him one last time in the harrowing climax.
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U.S. National Book Award 2006 nominee for Young People's Literature!
2007 Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards nominee
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award shortlist 2008
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Starred Selection, 2007
Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic shortlist
Booklist's 2006 Editor's Choice List for Young Adults
White Pine Award Winner, 2008
Martine Leavitt has written young-adult novels have won many awards and honors in the United States and Canada. Most notable are two Canadian honors: Mr. Christie's Book Award for Tom Finder and Governor General's Literary Award for which Heck Superhero was a finalist. She earned an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College. Though Martine was born in Canada and lives in High River, Alberta, Canada, she is a U.S. citizen.
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