The Robber Girl has a good dagger. Its voice in her head is as sharp as its two edges. Today, the Robber Girl and her dagger will ride with Gentleman Jack to claim the gold that’s rightfully his. But instead of gold, the Robber Girl finds a dollhouse cottage and two dolls who give her three tasks, even though she knows that three is too many tasks. The right number of tasks is two, like Grandmother gave to Gentleman Jack: Fetch unto me the mountain’s gold, to build our city fair. Fetch unto me the wingless bird, and I shall make you my heir.
The Robber Girl finds what might be a home, but to fight is easier than to trust when you’re a mystery even to yourself and you’re torn between loyalty and love. This novel is at once achingly real — wise to the nuances of trauma — and loaded with magic, action, and intrigue. Every sentence shines, sharp as a blade, in a beautifully crafted novel about memory, identity, and the power of language to heal and reconstruct our lives. Part literary mystery, part magical tour de force — an incantatory novel of fierce beauty, lyricism, and originality by a National Book Award Finalist.
"Five years [ago] Robber Girl, 10, who can’t speak unless spoken to, was abandoned by her mother. She doesn’t remember her name or past — just that Gentleman Jack Royal rescued her and gave her the dagger with which she psychically converses. Per Jack, once they stick up a gold-laden stagecoach, he’ll give her a new name and a home; as it turns out, however, their intended target is a trap for Jack, who is wanted for murder.... Billingsley’s plot... sensitively explores topics such as trauma, healing, and gratitude. Arguments with the hyper-literal dagger inject humor, the poignant mystery surrounding Robber Girl’s pre-Jack life imparts drive, and a subplot involving an enchanted dollhouse adds heart." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||10 and up|
|Publication Date||Sep 14, 2021|