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In Thrown to the Wind, a true story, nine-year-old Etienne flees 1660 France with his family to avoid arrest for religious heresy. They face robbers, pirates, two perilous sea voyages, and an uncertain future to chart a new destiny.

 

5-Stars from Readers' Favorites

 

Readers' Choice Gold Metalist, Best Children's Book (2023)

2nd Place, Royal Dragonfly Awards, Historical Fiction (2023)

2nd Place, 3rd Qtr Firebird Awards, Children's & Pre-teen Fiction

 

“… a middle grade historical novel that blends a coming-of-age first-person narrative with the kind of nail-biting adventure that would appeal to her 9-year-old hero-in-waiting.” – BookLife Reviews

 

“… a twisting, suspense-filled, highly accessible tale as the young boy attempts to protect his family from the many dangers they face. A skillfully plotted, coming-of-age story with a memorable cast of characters. Highly recommended!” - The Wishing Shelf

 

“A beautiful coming of age story about a young boy who flees religious persecution, leaving everything behind but his faith.” – Readers’ Choice Awards

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In book two, A Home in the Wilderness, a true story, twelve-year-old Etienne and his family try to survive in the 1663 untamed wilderness of Manhattan. They face conflicts with the Esopus tribe, divided loyalties, and danger to family and Lenape friends.

 

5-Stars from Readers' Favorites

 

Gold Metal for Children's Diversithy and Multicultural, The BookFest Awards (2024)

 

2nd Place Historical Fiction, 
Royal Dragonfly Book Awards (2023)

Children's Book Grand Prize Winner, Firebird Book Awards (2024)

 

"The author’s historical research is admirably rigorous in her meticulous presentation of the inflammatory hostility that existed between settlers and Native peoples in the mid-17th century.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

"Compelling, respectful novel of 17th century Native Americans and Dutch settlers." - BookLife Reviews

"My excitement increased with each page I read because the amount of action and raw emotions drew me into the story.” – Readers’ Favorite Review

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In book three, At the Mercy of the Sea, thirteen-year-old Etienne takes to the sea again in 1663 to repay his family’s debts and falls in with pirates, while his friends, Alsoomse and Abraham, each struggle to find their own places within their communities. 

5-Stars from Readers' Favorites

“This briskly paced and engaging novel’s climax will leave history-minded readers yearning for more.” – BookLife Review (2024)

 

“A poignant, adventurous, and historically informative narrative for young readers.” – Kirkus Review (2024)

“The storyline and characters are a mix of actual people and fictional ones. With its aspects of adventure, diverse cultures, love, betrayal, and historical elements, At the Mercy of the Sea is a fantastic book any reader will not be able to put down.” – Readers’ Favorite Review (2024)

Audiobooks Available

Finalist, The Wishing Shelf Audiobook Award (2024)

Benjamin Franklin Awards Finalist (2024)

Teacher Resources

Purchase the novel with the teacher resource for a 20% discount.

 

The Teacher Resource for Thrown to the Wind is designed to accompany the true historical adventure novel Thrown to the Wind.

 

This resource will help 9-12-year-old students develop higher order thinking skills as they learn to analyze literature and study the history of the 17th century religious wars and colonial American immigration through discussion questions, supplementary primary and secondary source readings, engaging cross-curricular activities, and projects.

Coming Fall 2024

The Teacher Resource for A Home in the Wilderness is designed to accompany the novel.

This resource helps 9-12-year-old students develop higher order thinking skills as they learn to analyze literature and study the early colonial period of North America through discussion questions, supplementary primary and secondary source readings, engaging cross-curricular activities, and projects.

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