Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. This week's booktalk: Shadow by Jenny Moss.
In the kingdom of Deor, there lives a girl named Shadow. Shadow works for Queen Audrey but she is neither a lady nor a servant. She is what her name suggests. She is a shadow for the Queen.
Ever since Shadow can remember, she has lived her life next to Queen Audrey. She exists to help protect the Queen, for it's been said that the Queen will die before her 16th birthday. And Shadow's duty is to be by her side always.
But make no mistake; Shadow is not treated as royalty. She is slapped when she says something out of line, she is berated for being more knowledgeable than the Queen and she is laughed at by the Queen's ladies-in-waiting.
Shadow wants nothing more than to escape from this life. She's never known her parents and doesn't even know her real name. She has no idea who she is and she cannot wait to leave the castle grounds and start her own life.
However, her dreams are dashed when the Queen mysteriously dies in her sleep. The staff blames Shadow and throws her in the castle's dungeon to rot. Surprisingly, she is rescued by Sir Kenway, a young knight thought to be the Queen's future husband.
When Sir Kenway tells her that his orders are to keep Shadow safe at all costs, Shadow begins to question who she really is. Why should he protect her? She is a nobody. Now that the Queen is dead, why hasn't Shadow also been killed??
Will Shadow discover her true ancestry before the kingdom is destroyed by a madman? Read Shadow by Jenny Moss.
— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker.