FIT FOR A PRINTZ: Julie’s previous YA novel, The Passion of Dolssa won over reviewers, readers, and librarians and took home a Printz Honor at 2017’s ALA conference.
COMMERCIAL SENSIBILITY: Lovely War combines the literary quality that earned The Passion of Dolssa and All the TruthThat’s in Me five starred reviews apiece with the more commercial and hooky topics of wartime love, African American history, and the Greek gods.
ROMANCE, ROMANCE, ROMANCE: If you swooned for the love stories in All the Truth and Dolssa, you’ll want to drop everything to read Lovely War. Just be sure you have some tissues on hand…
HISTORICAL FICTION: It’s clear there’s room for historical fiction in YA-land—including hits like Alex and Eliza and The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue—as long as it’s full of heady romance. Done! (Plus this one has human versions of the Greek Gods, a la Wonder Woman.)
BUT THIS ISN’T JUST FOR TEENS: Wartime stories are huge with adult audiences and fans of women’s fiction, especially WWI and II. See the comps for some of the war dramas that have been huge in the past few years. This book is perfect for those readers.
MAJOR ANNIVERSARY: November 11, 2018, is the one hundredth anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. There will be lots of media related to World War I throughout that hundredth year.
Praise for Lovely War by Julie Berry:
“Julie Berry pens an utter delight in Lovely War, an effervescent confection of a novel filled with humor, tragedy, romance, and myth. Easily one of the best novels I have read all year!”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
“This fascinating, gorgeously written novel of World War I will grip you and remind you that the greatest danger is closing our hearts to love.”—Nancy Werlin, National Book Award honoree and New York Times bestseller
“Julie Berry writes the past as if she lived it.”—Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author
★ “Scheherazade has nothing on Berry…An unforgettable romance so Olympian in scope, human at its core, and lyrical in its prose that it must be divinely inspired.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Berry’s evocative novel…gains steam as the stories flesh out. Along the way, it suggests that while war and its devastation cycles through history, the forces of art and love remain steady, eternal, and life-sustaining.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[A] triumphant piece of historically focused fiction…a moving, brutal, and yes, lovely, story of the ways in which people find hope in a world gone mad”—BCCB Reviews
“Berry’s accomplished talent for developing all elements of plot—character, tone, and mood—in addition to her fresh writing style makes this title a compelling page turner.”—School Library Connection
PRAISE FOR The Passion of Dolssa:
* “Irresistibly compelling…[Berry conveys] complex historical and religious matters fluently and accessibly for today’s readers.”—Starred review, Horn Book
* “Berry again delivers an utterly original and instantly engrossing story…She weaves a tense, moving portrait of these two teenage girls and their struggle to survive against insurmountable odds.”—Starred review, Publishers Weekly
* “Readers will be transported into Dolssa and Botille’s world. An expertly crafted piece of historical fiction.”—Starred review, School Library Journal
* “A skillfully crafted and tenderly told story of faith and friendship tested.”—Starred review, BCCB
* “This beautifully crafted plot would be enough on its own, but Berry does so much more…despite the book’s gravity, Berry also manages to infuse her story with laughter and light.”—Starred review, Booklist
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