When Women Were Dragons
Touching
Original
Sweet

When Women Were Dragons A Novel

A slyly funny, utterly original, triumphantly feminist novel, by the Newbery award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, about the Mass Dragoning of 1955 in which 300,000 women spontaneously transform into dragons…and change the world. Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours. But this version of 1950’s America is characterized by a significant event: The Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales and talons, left a trail of fiery destruction in their path, and took to the skies. Seemingly for good. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex’s beloved Aunt Marla transform but her mother did not? Alex doesn’t know. It’s taboo to speak of, even more so than her crush on Sonja, her schoolmate. Forced into silence, Alex nevertheless must face the consequences of dragons: a mother more protective than ever; a father growing increasingly distant; the upsetting insistence that her aunt never even existed; and a new “sister” obsessed with dragons far beyond propriety. Through loss, rage, and self-discovery, this story follows Alex’s journey as she deals with the events leading up to and beyond the Mass Dragoning, and her connection with the phenomenon itself. In this timely and timeless speculative novel, award-winning author Kelly Barnhill boldly explores rage, memory, and the limitations of girlhood. When Women Were Dragons exposes a world that wants to keep women small—their lives and their prospects—and examines what happens when they rise en masse and take up the space they deserve.
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Lu Morgan@thelibrariansnook
3.5 stars
Jan 16, 2023
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Bethany Jenkins@bluepenguin17
4 stars
Jan 7, 2023
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Jayme Bosio@jaymeb
5 stars
Nov 23, 2022
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Tace@bookedonstarlight
3 stars
Sep 9, 2022
Sweet
Original
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3 stars
Sep 8, 2022
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2 stars
Aug 25, 2022
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Lilliana Rüegg @littlered
4 stars
Aug 6, 2022
Powerful
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4 stars
Aug 5, 2022
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Sweet
Creative
Touching
Contemplative
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Claire Fuesting@retrogirl20
3.5 stars
Jun 29, 2022
Clever
Simple
Vibrant
Easy read
Predictable
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Victoria Justice@litatori
4 stars
Jun 6, 2022
Bold
Complex
Powerful
Page turning
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Narah Quinn@narahquinn
4.5 stars
Apr 22, 2022
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Beth Bartholomew@BooksNest
4.5 stars
Apr 18, 2022
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Kaylee Bannen@thebaguettes
4.5 stars
Jan 14, 2023
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Sean Bannen@priority
4.5 stars
Jan 3, 2023
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Sabrina @sabrinakathleen
3 stars
Dec 29, 2022
Touching
Original
Fascinating
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Katy Watkins@katy
3 stars
Dec 10, 2022
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Abby Williamson@abbywilliamson
5 stars
Nov 20, 2022
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Krista@krbeucler
5 stars
Oct 25, 2022
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Kristi Piechnik@hardcorekp
5 stars
Sep 1, 2022
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Ari@nyari
5 stars
Aug 25, 2022
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Sarah Wood@sarahswildworld
5 stars
Aug 16, 2022
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Courtney Sutton@celyse
4 stars
Aug 11, 2022
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Nica Rhiana@paperback
4 stars
Aug 7, 2022
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Aug 4, 2022

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