Author(s): Pat Lowery Collins
As the ground of her past shifts, a girl finds her way to an unexpected future in this compelling historical novel about survival, sadness, and strength.
It’s 1849, and twelve-year-old Addie lives in the shipbuilding town of Essex, Massachusetts. Her father has left the family to seek gold on the West Coast, and now the flux has taken the lives of her mother and baby brother, leaving Addie all alone. Her fear of living as a servant in some other hone drives her into the snowy woods, where she survives on her own for several weeks before a nomadic, silver-haired Wampanoag woman takes her in. Slowly, the startling truth of Addie's past unfolds: the mercurial old woman, until now a stranger, is Addie’s maternal grandmother. Through an intense ancient ceremony, and by force of her own wits and will, Addie unravels the mystery of her identity—and finds the courage to build a future unlike any she could ever have imagined.
Pat Lowery Collins is the author of Hidden Voices as well as many other acclaimed novels and picture books. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.