Review of ‘The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy’

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy may be categorized for young readers, but the feminist themes empower young girls not to fear their voices and question injustice.

Excellent Story for Young Girls

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy
Anne Ursu
Walden Pond Press

Ursu did a fantastic job of putting this story together and creating an empowering narrative for young girls.

In the world that Ursu has created, girls are overlooked, treated less than because of their gender. No one notices her. No one expects anything of her. In contrast, everyone expects things from her brother. They expect him to be a sorcerer, to be somebody in the community.

Moreover, the Dragomir Academy for Troubled Girls summons Mayra, the reader sees how the school systematically silences girls, to break them of their “troublesome” behavior.

These are young girls who ask questions, voice their opinions, and seek to carve out futures for themselves outside of the constraints society has set for them.

However, more importantly, they are trying to silence the fire within these girls. Nevertheless, Marya will not let herself be silenced. Her voice is her power, her eagerness to learn more, to see past all the lies masqueraded as pretty words.

This is a world that fears women with power and calls them a witch. But what if a witch is just another word for a sorceress?

It is incredibly humbling and empowering to read this narrative, to see Ursu fight to give young girls a voice, one that teaches them to step out of the mold society deems “appropriate.” Ursu is encouraging young girls to learn, ask questions, trust their guts, and see past the pretty words people throw at them. Ursu encourages girls to love the sound of their voices and fight against being silenced.

Final Thoughts

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy is an empowering read. The scene structure, the world-building, and the character growth are reachable to young readers. It is an accessible story that older audiences can appreciate as well.

As a thirty-year-old woman, I wish I had had something like this to read as a child. However, it is encouraging to read a story about girls from different backgrounds put into a school because of their outspoken minds and fire.

It has the depth and maturity to stand out to readers and empower young girls to find their voice even when they think they have one.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date:  October 12, 2021Page Count: 432ppAge Range: 8 & Over
ISBN: 978-0-0622-7512-7Publisher: Inkyard PressList Price: $17.99

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  • Empowering.
  • Excellent story development.
  • Good character development.
  • Excellent pacing.

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