Jennifer Donnelly

Not your ordinary Cinderella story.  Award-winning author Jennifer Donnelly’s new fairytale retelling, STEPSISTER, stars not Cinderella, but her "ugly" stepsister Isabelle who has always tried living up to her beautiful stepsister who captured the prince’s heart. Based off the dark, original tale, Isabelle cut pieces of herself away to become pretty, only making herself empty and mean. Now, she has the opportunity to change her fate. At the event, Jennifer will discuss STEPSISTER, answer audience questions and sign copies of her books.

A startling, fiercely feminist re-imagining of Cinderella from the bestselling, award-winning author Jennifer Donnelly.

A startling, fiercely feminist re-imagining of Cinderella from the bestselling, award-winning author Jennifer Donnelly.

Don't just fracture the fairy tale. Shatter it.

Isabelle should be blissfully happy-she's about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn't the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince's heart. She's the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella's shoe . . . which is now filling with blood.

Isabelle tried to fit in. She cut away pieces of herself in order to become pretty. Sweet. More like Cinderella. But that only made her mean, jealous, and hollow. Now she has a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.

Evoking the darker, original version of the Cinderella story, Stepsister shows us that ugly is in the eye of the beholder, and uses Jennifer Donnelly's trademark wit and wisdom to send an overlooked character on a journey toward empowerment, redemption . . . and a new definition of beauty.

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of A Northern Light, which was awarded a Printz Honor and a Carnegie Medal, Revolution (named a Best Book by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the Chicago Public Library, and was nominated for a Carnegie Medal), the Deep Blue series, and many other books for young readers, including Lost in a Book, which spent more than 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 6:30pm
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An Unlikely Story (Second Story)
Stepsister By Jennifer Donnelly Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338268461
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Scholastic Press - May 14th, 2019

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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book By Jennifer Donnelly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484780985
Published: Disney Press - January 31st, 2017

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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All By M. T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, Deborah Hopkinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524716196
Published: Schwartz & Wade - May 1st, 2018