Advance praise For Alchemy and Meggy Swann:
"Ye toads and vipers! Meggy Swann's coming of age story is way-fun and, thus, my trip through Elizabethan London was come and gone way, way too soon." -- Richie Partington, MLIS, Richie's Picks http://richiespicks.com
★ "Writing with admirable economy and a lively ability to re-create the past believably, Cushman creates a memorable portrayal of a troubled, rather mulish girl who begins to use her strong will in positive ways."--Booklist, starred review
★ "Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne. London is a sprawling, chaotic city that teems with all manner of humanity. Meggy has come to London ostensibly to serve her alchemist father, a man she has never met. When he rejects her because she is not male and because she is unable to walk normally, she needs all her pluck and determination to rise above her plight...Cushman has the uncanny ability to take a time and place so remote and make it live. Readers can hear and see and smell it all as if they are right beside Meggy. She employs the syntax and vocabulary of the period so easily that it is understood as if it’s the most contemporary modern slang. A gem."--Kirkus, starred review
Read an excerpt. Like what you read? Then, lucky you, because on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. PST/ 1:30 p.m. EST, you can tune in for a live discussion/webcast with students from the TOPS K-8 school in Seattle, WA and the author about Alchemy and Meggy Swann. Classes, libraries, bookstores, and individuals are all invited. You can register here.