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Friday, May 7, 2010

Review: Alchemy and Meggy Swann (Cushman)

Title: Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Author: Cushman
Pages: 159!
Genre: Historical Fiction, Alchemy, Elizabethan England
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I have always been a fan of Karen Cushman (a local author by the way--she lives on Vashon Island). Amazingly, this is only the 7th novel by the Newbery Award-winning author. She is such a "go-to" author for me, especially in my public library days, it feels like she has written dozens of titles.

Cushman, known for writing excellent historical fiction, does not disappoint with her latest novel starring the strong-willed and feisty Meggy Swann. Set in Elizabethan London, Meggy has been dumped on her father's doorstep because she is a "cripple." Her father is practicing alchemy (transforming metal into gold), and becomes involved in a murder-for-hire plot, which Meggy must save him from. Meggy is a refreshing heroine: a brash, insult-hurling girl who empties her own chamber pot and doesn't let her disability stop her.

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