Uprooted is by Naomi Novik. A fantasy tale based on Eastern European fairy tales. Agnieszka lives in a village next to the Woods that constantly try to destroy the humans who live near them. The villages close to the Woods rely on the wizard Sarkan, the Dragon, to protect them from the evil in the Woods. However, to assure this protection they must not only provide supplies, but every ten years they must also provide a young woman to serve him. Everyone in Agnieszka's village believe Sarkan will choose the beautiful Kasia, but he makes another choice instead, one which will change everything.
Ratings: 10th grade - 7 out of 10 - AC (some mature thematic content).