Eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce lives a carefree life in Portland, Maine, in 1918, until the terrible flu epidemic that is spreading worldwide takes the lives of her parents and baby sister. Lydia and her older brother Daniel are now orphans, and their aunt and uncle have no room for them on the crowded family farm. With no other options available, their uncle takes them to live in Sabbathday Lake with the Shakers, who care for orphaned children.
Life with the Shakers is very different from Lydia's old life in Portland. The Shakers have many rules that must be strictly followed. Males and females must stay separate and not socialize, which means Lydia can rarely speak to her… Read more
Growing up in Cliffton, a small village plagued by a years-long drought that began when she was a small child, Sydelle always longed to leave and see the world out there. A talented weaver, she had hoped to someday travel to the city and make a living with her craft. And one day when she is sixteen, everything changes and Sydelle gets her chance to leave Cliffton - but not in the way in which she had hoped for. Wayland North, a young wizard, finally brings rain to the village, and is offered anything he asks for in return. He chooses Sydelle, because she has the ability to fix his magical cloaks, and so he needs her aid on a long journey to the capital city to warn of a neighboring… Read more
As the youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, Anastasia had a very sheltered and isolated childhood. So when at twelve years old she meets Sasha, a young soldier, in the garden of her palace, she is intrigued - he is very different than anyone she is permitted to be friends with. But soon he must leave to fight in World War I. Anastasia is later reunited with him while helping to care for the wounded soldiers, and now that she is fourteen, hopes he will see her as a young woman, and not a child.
But everything in Anastasia's world is about to change forever. In the aftermath of a costly war, the people of Russia are increasingly angry with their ruler. She must grow into a… Read more