For Ages: 12 and up
When Cassie was little she thought her mother had been taken prisoner by trolls because of a deal she’d made with the Polar Bear King. Just a fairy tale to soothe a child whose mother had died. But on her eighteenth birthday, the “fairy tale” comes true when the Polar Bear King comes to take Cassie for his bride. Realizing she has the power to save her mother, Cassie makes her own deal with the bear and finds herself on a journey against time, traveling across the brutal Arctic to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. It is a journey that will teach Cassie the true meaning of love and family—and what it means to become an adult.
  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416986447 | 
  • October 2010 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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Introducing young adult author Sarah Beth Durst

A castle of ice, a Polar Bear King, and a love that defies all reason ~ maybe fairy tales aren't make-believe after all...

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About the Author

Sarah Beth Durst
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Sarah Beth Durst

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of young adult novels Conjured, Vessel, Drink Slay Love, Enchanted Ivy, and Ice, as well as middle grade novels Into the Wild and Out of the Wild. She has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times, for Vessel, Ice, and Into the Wild. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children. The Lost, The Missing, and The Found are Sarah's first novels for adults.

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