cover image BEAST


Donna Jo Napoli, . . S&S, $8 (260pp) ISBN 978-0-689-83590-2

The bulk of this Beauty and the Beast novel is devoted to (the beast) Orasmyn's life as a lion, everything from his probing of the complexities of his fate and his Islamic prayers to his efforts to obtain food. PW called the book "more cerebral than romantic in tone, more laborious than lush in its execution." Ages 12-up. (June)