Monday, May 14, 2018

Damselfly - Review and Trailer

Idgie Says:
An updated retelling of Lord of the Flies, with today's trends and attitudes showing in the character's personalities.  An easy read which can capture a reader quickly and keep them involved. Good understanding of how teens think and feel in today's world. 



Damselfly by  Chandra Prasad (Scholastic Press, March 27, 2018) Grade Level 7 - 12

Their survival is in their own hands...

Samantha Mishra opens her eyes and discovers she's alone and injured in the thick of a jungle. She has no idea where she is, or what happened to the plane taking her and the rest of the Drake Rosemont fencing team across the Pacific for a tournament. Once Sam connects with her best friend, Mel, and they find the others, they set up shelter and hope for rescue. But as the days pass, the teens realize they're on their own, stranded on an island with a mysterious presence that taunts and threatens them. Soon Sam and her companions discover they need to survive more than the jungle... they need to survive each other.

This taut novel, with a setting evocative of Lord of the Flies, is by turns cinematic and intimate, and always thought-provoking.

About the Author

Chandra Prasad is the originator and editor of Mixed, an anthology of short stories on the multiracial experience. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed novels for adults, including On Borrowed WingsDamselfly is her YA debut. A graduate of Yale, Chandra lives and works in Connecticut. To find out more, visit her online at