Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 2011
Summary: Emma has had a rough life. She has lost her mother and her brother. She has been living with an alcoholic stepfather. So, moving in with her well-off aunt in NYC is surreal for her. She hasn't been relaxed, happy or taken care of in years. This move seems to be exactly what Emma needs, even though it doesn't seem like it at first- a preppy, private H.S. is not exactly the friendliest of the places for a new girl. But when Emma sees Brendan, none of the others matter anymore.
What I Think:
Read Together: 8 - 10
Read Alone: 8 - 12
Read With: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Snatch of Text: "It overloaded my senses and felt natural at the same time- like this was where I was supposed to be." (approximately p. 175)
"Tension at home was thick like fog, how it filled your lungs until you thought you would suffocate." (approximately p. 200)
"I wasn't exactly a stranger to feeling like a princess- if you meant the princes sin the first half of the fairy tale. Cinderella as a scullery maid. Snow White with the wicked stepmother. But I wasn't used to what life was like after you meet the prince, after the slipper fits, after the kiss wakes you from your slumber. It would take some getting used to. (approximately p. 205)
Cara Lynn Shultz also wrote a beautiful legend to go with the story. It is a great mentor text for the make up of a legend and is accompanied by a curse in verse.
(I read Spellbound on my Kindle, so do not have the exact page numbers.)
Reading Strategies to Practice: Predicting, Synthesize, Looking for details, Asking questions
Writing Strategies to Practice: Narrative, Humor, Description, Characterization
Writing Prompts: Create your own legend that ends in a curse for one of the character's families.; Emma's aunt rescues her when she really needs it. Write about someone who has helped you at some point in your life.
Topics Covered: Love, Choice, Death, Abuse, Taking Risks, Fear, Trust, Happiness, Humor
Translated to Spanish: No