79 pages 2 hours read

Tracy Deonn


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2020

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Teacher Introduction


  • Genre: Fiction; young adult; fantasy; contemporary; Arthurian legend
  • Originally Published: 2020
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 730L; grades 7-12
  • Structure/Length: 59 chapters; approximately 503 pages; approximately 18 hours and 54 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist/Central Conflict: The story follows Bree Matthews, a 16-year-old girl, who—while coping with her mother’s death—uncovers a secret society called the “Legendborn” at her university. The society claims to descend from King Arthur’s knights, and a magical war is imminent. As Bree delves deeper into the world of the Legendborn, she begins to question her own history and the truth behind her mother’s death.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Grief and loss; racism and microaggressions; violence; trauma

Tracy Deonn, Author

  • Bio: American author; her work combines her love for speculative storytelling and Black culture and history; she holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in literature/storytelling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Other Works: Legendborn is her debut novel.
  • Awards: Legendborn was a finalist for the Lodestar Award (2021), a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2020), and a Nominee for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2020). It also won a Coretta Scott King Award/John Steptoe Award for New Talent (2021).