Sparrows in the Wind

by Gail Carson Levine is a masterful middle-grade retelling of Greek mythology from the author of Ella Enchanted. The book tells the story of the Trojan War through the eyes of the 14-year-old princess of Troy, Cassandra. She longs to be given the ability to foretell the future by the god Apollo but, when Apollo tries to kiss her and she refuses him, Apollo’s gift comes with a curse: Cassandra will be able to see the future, but no one will believe what she says. As Cassandra foresees death and destruction for her city and her people, she is silenced by the curse and by the marginal role of women in her culture. But, when she befriends Rin, an Amazon warrior princess who has been raised to do battle, Cassandra begins to hope that the two of them might be able to turn the tide of the war. Fans of Percy Jackson and the Goddess Girls books will find this a great next step! (Middle Grade Books)