Mystery, Magic, and Girl Power Come to Life in The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy + GIVEAWAY!

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The world of magic is no place for girls, at least, that’s what you’d think if you were Marya Lupa, the 12-year-old girl in The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy who’s on the verge of the biggest discovery the kingdom of Illyria has ever seen.

Her brother Luka has been primed his entire life to become a sorcerer and protect the country from the ominous force that threatens their safety, known only as the Dread. Every boy born in Illyria has the potential to wield magic, and Mayra’s family is so focused on making sure that Luka thrives, it seems like she’s always fading into the background. When the sorcerers arrive to test Luka for his magical abilities, Mayra makes a huge mistake that not only ruins Luka’s chances at becoming a sorcerer, but gets her sent straight to Dragomir Academy, a school for wayward girls.

Book Cover for The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu

From the acclaimed author of The Real Boy and The Lost Girl comes a wondrous and provocative fantasy about a kingdom beset by monsters, a mysterious school, and a girl caught in between them.

If no one notices Marya Lupu, is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a sorcerer.

The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city of Illyria, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread.

For all the hopes the family has for Luka, no one has any for Marya, who can never seem to do anything right. But even so, no one is prepared for the day that the sorcerers finally arrive to test Luka for magical ability, and Marya makes a terrible mistake. Nor the day after, when the Lupus receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy—a mysterious school for wayward young girls. Girls like Marya.

Soon she is a hundred miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, surrounded by girls she’s never met. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself—things that threaten the precarious balance upon which Illyria is built.

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy
AUTHORS: Anne Ursu
PUBLISHER: Walden Pond Press
DATE: October 12, 2021

The halls of Dragomir Academy are filled with mystery, and girls who have made mistakes like Marya, or have been deemed to have lost their way. This strict boarding school promises to “fix” these girls up into proper women and give them purpose, training them to serve the powerful sorcerers, but Mayra is sure there’s something else going on. The girls are forbidden from talking about their pasts, and are punished anytime they question the rules. With the help of her new friends, Mayra will discover the truth about the Dread and the lies she’s been told about the power the men of Illyria hold.

This fantastic fantasy read is filled with mystery, magic, and of course, empowered girls determined to fight for truth and equality. We love a page-turner filled with girl power, which is why we teamed up with our friends at HarperCollins for a giveaway inspired by this amazing story. In addition to a copy of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy, one lucky winner will receive a prize pack inspired by the story. Ready to enter? Grab your favorite adult and have them enter below for your chance to WIN!

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy Giveaway:


ONE lucky winner will receive a The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy Prize Pack that includes:
– ONE (1) copy of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu
– ONE (1) “Make Your Own Magic” Wish Bracelet
– ONE (1) “Read Books, Change the World” Wall Tapestry
– ONE (1) “You Can Make a Difference” Planner from More Than Magic

*Prizes provided by HarperCollins & YAYOMG!


Grab a parent or guardian and have them fill out the form below by November 12, 2021 at 11:59pm ET.

Giveaway runs from 10/12/21 at 10:00 am ET through 11/12/21 at 11:59 pm. Open to US residents ONLY. Be sure to read the fully detailed rules HERE before entering.


You must be 18 or older to enter. Please, only ONE entry per person. If selected as a winner, we will provide your parent/guardian with an affidavit to confirm that you are a valid winner who has permission to win. They will be REQUIRED to sign and return the affidavit to YAYOMG! to claim your prize. Prizes will not be mailed out without signed parental consent.

Ready to cozy up with this fierce fantasy adventure? The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy is now available from HarperCollins!

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