Welcome, welcome to Caraval--Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister Tella live with their powerful and cruel, father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett's long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
Family Relationships; Single parent; Family violence; single father; abusive parent; abusive father
Amazon Editors' Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2017 Young Adult
Best Young Adult Books, 2017
Teen Read Week: It s Written in the Stars, 2018
YALSA Teens' Top Ten, 2018 Teen
Children's and Teen Choice Book Award, 2018, Finalist, Teen
Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult (Speculative Fiction)
Goodreads Choice Award, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
Northern California Book Award, 2018, Finalist, Young Adult
runaways; kidnapping; games; magic; performing arts; sisters; arranged marriages; fathers and daughter; trauma; night circus
Garber, Stephanie, "Caraval" (2018). Diverse Families. 1836.