Saturday, November 13, 2010

Solid Coming-of-Age Tale Set in Elizabethan London

Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman (Clarion Books, 2010, 167pp.)
Sharp-tongued Meggy doesn’t make friends easily. How can she, especially since most people don’t even bother to look past her crippled legs? When her father, whom she has never met, calls her to London to serve as an assistant in his alchemical work, he is disappointed by her limited range of motion. But what she lacks in physical strength, she more than makes up for in quick-wittedness, loyalty, and perseverance. Meggy’s story is an inspiring one. Despite her handicap, she learns to depend on her inner strengths and proves that she has a great deal more to offer than at first glance. Cushman brings Elizabethan London to life for the reader, and also provides a helpful historical note and bibliography for those who are curious to learn more about this time in history. Recommended for Ages 9-12.

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