The Passion of Dolssa

Summary: A compelling tale of friendship, loyalty, danger, and betrayal. Set during the 13th Century in southern France, it tells the story of Dolssa, a teenaged mystic, condemned as a heretic by Dominican inquisitors for the visions she won’t deny, and of Botille, the peasant matchmaker and tavern-keeper who rescues Dolssa from death after she escapes her execution and flees as a fugitive across Provence. Botille, her sisters, and a surly newcomer named Symo all help to conceal Dolssa from the inquisitor hunting her down. But their attempt at compassion only brings danger upon them, their community, and everything they love.

Kirkus Review

"Immersive and mesmerizing ... a gorgeously built world." Kirkus Reviews
2016-03-16T01:15:58+00:00
"Immersive and mesmerizing ... a gorgeously built world." Kirkus Reviews

The Horn Book

"Irresistibly compelling…[Berry conveys] complex historical and religious matters fluently and accessibly for today’s readers.” The Horn Book, starred review
2016-03-16T01:21:40+00:00
"Irresistibly compelling…[Berry conveys] complex historical and religious matters fluently and accessibly for today’s readers.” The Horn Book, starred review

School Library Journal

“An expertly crafted piece of historical fiction, Berry’s latest is a must for middle and high school libraries.” School Library Journal, starred review
2016-03-16T01:22:20+00:00
“An expertly crafted piece of historical fiction, Berry’s latest is a must for middle and high school libraries.” School Library Journal, starred review

Publishers Weekly

"Berry again delivers an utterly original and instantly engrossing story…she weaves a tense, moving portrait of these two teenage girls and their struggle to survive against insurmountable odds.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
2016-03-16T01:25:09+00:00
"Berry again delivers an utterly original and instantly engrossing story…she weaves a tense, moving portrait of these two teenage girls and their struggle to survive against insurmountable odds.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

Mette Ivie Harrison

“A beautiful and timeless tale of family and loyalty, friendship and devotion.” Mette Ivie Harrison, author of New York Times Notable Book The Bishop’s Wife
2016-03-16T01:26:23+00:00
“A beautiful and timeless tale of family and loyalty, friendship and devotion.” Mette Ivie Harrison, author of New York Times Notable Book The Bishop’s Wife

Jennifer Donnelly

“Powerful and heartbreaking, The Passion of Dolssa shows us that the voices of dissent can only be silenced for so long. Their echoes carry down the centuries, sounding warnings for our own time. Julie Berry writes the past as if she lived it.” Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author of These Shallow Graves
2016-03-16T01:27:33+00:00
“Powerful and heartbreaking, The Passion of Dolssa shows us that the voices of dissent can only be silenced for so long. Their echoes carry down the centuries, sounding warnings for our own time. Julie Berry writes the past as if she lived it.” Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author of These Shallow Graves

Elizabeth Wein

“Julie Berry's sweeping tapestry of friendship and belief is both epic and intimate, both sweet and painful.” Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire
2016-03-16T01:28:26+00:00
“Julie Berry's sweeping tapestry of friendship and belief is both epic and intimate, both sweet and painful.” Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire

Nancy Werlin

“Two unique girls, thrown together in a time of change and danger. One transcendent reading experience.” Nancy Werlin, National Book Award honoree and New York Times bestseller
2016-03-16T01:29:02+00:00
“Two unique girls, thrown together in a time of change and danger. One transcendent reading experience.” Nancy Werlin, National Book Award honoree and New York Times bestseller

New York Times

"I stayed up all night reading it and had tears in my eyes almost the entire time ... I found it magnificent."  New York Times Book Review.
2016-06-20T08:32:26+00:00
"I stayed up all night reading it and had tears in my eyes almost the entire time ... I found it magnificent."  New York Times Book Review.

Printz Honor

Winner of a 2017 American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor for literary excellence in books for young adults.
2017-01-30T14:28:09+00:00
Winner of a 2017 American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor for literary excellence in books for young adults.

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten

Named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list for 2017 as a Top Ten Title.
2017-01-30T14:31:43+00:00
Named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list for 2017 as a Top Ten Title.


ISBN & Where to Buy: Published April 12, 2016 from Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Available to order from your local independent bookstorechain store, or online bookseller. ISBN: 978-0451469922. Also available as an ebook and an audiobook. Click here to read a short excerpt. Click the button below to add the title on Goodreads.

The Passion of Dolssa

Discussion Questions: Click Discussion Questions for The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry to download a list of discussion questions prepared by writer Luisa Perkins.

Discussion Questions for The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Book Club Promotion: The Passion of Dolssa is the kind of title that begs to be discussed with other readers. I’ll be visiting book clubs all across the country via Skype throughout 2016. To sign your book club up for a visit with me, visit the book clubs page.

Interviews with the Author

Audiobook: Random House Audio and Listening Library have produced a truly luscious recording of The Passion of Dolssa, featuring a stellar lineup of voice talent including multi-award winning Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, and Fiona Hardingham. There’s even a smidgen recorded by yours truly. Listen to an audiobook excerpt. You can purchase an audiobook by visiting Penguin Random House’s Dolssa page.

Questions About the Ending? Did you reach the ending and scratch your head a bit? If so, you are not alone. I’ve created a page with some info that might help you unravel the puzzle, even though I am fundamentally opposed to spoilers. By clicking on this link, you’re swearing upon your great-grandmother’s grave that you have read the book! 🙂

Historical Setting: I made a short video that might be helpful in picturing the place and time of the story. Many of the photos come from my trip to southern France.