The Wild Ones

S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry. Aug. 2021. 352p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534484962.
Gr 10 Up–Paheli was the first of The Wild Ones—women who have been rescued by “the boy of stars”—but she is far from the last. With the gift to travel between worlds, Paheli rescues other women, forming The Wild Ones as they in turn rescue others who have been abused and abandoned. Unique in its structure, Azad’s novel alternates between the stories of the women of color who are recruited to join The Wild Ones and their quest to rescue “the boy of stars” who first saved Paheli and gave them the gift of magic. Part fairy-tale and part manifesto, this is a lyrical testament to sisterhood and the strength of survivors, filled with a diverse cast of complex characters and an intricate magic system.
VERDICT Purchase where fantasy with strong female protagonists fly.

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