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Valiant : a modern tale of faerie
Holly Black
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Holly Black was born in New Jersey in 1971. She graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey in 1994. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale was published in 2002 and was included in the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults. She has since written two other books in the same universe, Valiant (2005), and the sequel to Tithe, Ironside (2007). Valiant was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Young Readers and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. She collaborated with Caldecott award winning artist, Tony DiTerlizzi, to create the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles. The books have been translated into over 30 languages and adapted into a film by Paramount Pictures in conjunction with Nickelodeon Films. Her first collection of short fiction, Poison Eaters and Other Stories, was published in 2010. (Bowker Author Biography)

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main characters Valerie Russell
Female
Age: 17
Runaway
Wants to escape a world that has betrayed; creates a new identity; joins a group of teenagers who live in the subway tunnels; learns about the world of Faerie; falls in love with Ravus; determined to prove Ravus's innocence.

Ravus
Male
Troll
Exiled from the faerie Seelie court; sells healing potions to other fairies that live n the city; has golden eyes and fangs; makes a drug that protects fairies from the evil affects of iron; accused of murder; considers himself a monster.



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