The Tyrant's Daughter

The Tyrant's Daughter

eBook - 2014
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THERE: In an unnamed Middle Eastern country, fifteen-year-old Laila has always lived like royalty. Her father is a dictator of sorts, though she knows him as King'just as his father was, and just as her little brother Bastien will be one day. Then everything changes: Laila's father is killed in a coup. HERE: As war surges, Laila flees to a life of exile in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Overnight she becomes a nobody. Even as she adjusts to a new school and new friends, she is haunted by the past. Was her father really a dictator like the American newspapers say' What was the cost of her family's privilege' Far from feeling guilty, her mother is determined to regain their position of power. So she's engineering a power play'conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to gain a foothold to the throne. Laila can't bear to stand still as yet another international crisis takes shape around her. But how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations'
Publisher: New York : Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2014
ISBN: 9780449810002
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Aug 09, 2017

This book is unique, in the fact that it introduces a whole new way of living within the same world. Based in America, the book starts off by explaining who the characters used to be, and progresses to telling what they've lost, and how they still remain in the shadows of the past. As Laila explains perfectly, her life is divided between the Old Life, and the New Life. While Laila tries hard to fit in, the book describes the alien way that America seems, from cereal to high school dances. Even the ideas people have about Laila's life are seemingly upside down. The story made me question the ridiculousness of our society, and the detrimental way that Canada follows America's useless trends without question.
- @AelinBaggins of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library


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