Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale


Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment. The arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors - one welcome, and the other decidedly less so - brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

With Shannon Hale's lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes.

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"Hale delivers another winning fantasy." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[A] highly successful romance." - School Library Journal, starred review
"Disguise, despair, adventure and romance fill the pages." - Columbus Dispatch

Shannon Hale

Things to Know
Shannon Hale


Family: I have the two cutest, bestest kids in the world. I have a huge crush on my husband.

Inspiration: Yoga keeps me sane.

By your nightstand: I have a life-size cutout of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in my bedroom.

What's in your cup? Melted milk chocolate chips in a mug = heaven!

Best time of day: My favorite time of day is evening, pre-dinner, when we crank up the tunes and have a family dance party.

Bottom-line on writing: Writing is the hardest work I've ever done.

Nail polish or natural? Right now my toenails are a dark red, left over from a pedicure I got with Libba Bray in Miami. (Well, we had to! We'd both left snow boots weather and were suddenly in sandals weather, and I won't describe the state of our collective extremities.)

Ever on stage? I used to do theater, but I can do only one passable impression: Snow White singing "Someday My Prince Will Come."

What's going on right now? My four-year-old son is sitting next to me and he wants me to write down a story he's going to make up: "Once upon a time there was there was a couch that wanted to fly, and it couldn't, it didn't have wings, and...and it went to the wing store and got some wings, and...and...it wanted to fly, and it flied! The end."

Website: http://www.squeetus.com/

Honors: Shannon Hale is a Newbery Honor medalist, and her books have been New York Times bestsellers time and time again.

Interviews: Miss Erin, Little Willow

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Discuss the book with the author herself! Shannon Hale will be chatting live at the readergirlz forum on Thursday, May 22nd at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST.

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These tunes were hand-picked by the author to accompany her book.

  • Pink Moon - Nick Drake
  • A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
  • These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
  • Close to Me - The Cure
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
  • Crazy - Patsy Cline
  • I Never Loved a Man - Aretha Franklin
  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles


What did you think of Book of a Thousand Days? Talk about it with other readers at the readergirlz forum, open 24/7.

Invite: Invites wrapped around a single candle
Food: Rat shish-kabob! (or any meat and claim it's rat); spiced rice with peas, raisins; anything spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, etc.
Décor: Candles, pine boughs, cats
Movies: The Princess Bride, The Weeping Camel
Crafts: Decorate candles or wreaths, or design and create your own journal

Here are some things to consider and discuss . . .

Dashti was very patient with Saren through all their time together. How would you have reacted to Saren?

What would you name your pet yak?

Dashti was afraid to face Khasar, and wasn't even sure she knew what she was doing. Have you ever done something hard that you thought was right?

Why do you think My Lord the Cat was so important to Dashti? What can pets do for us that people can't?

Thoughts of Under, Song for Evela, Beloved of Ris...make up a name for your own realm.

Do you think Dashti was right to be so loyal? Was she right to obey Saren and pretend to be her? Do you think she did it for noble or selfish reasons?

Do you keep a journal? What function does a diary have in your own life?



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