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Alchemy and Meggy Swann

by Karen Cushman

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Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman
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Fans of Karen Cushman's witty, satisfying novels will welcome Meggy Swann, newly come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Meggy's mother was glad to be rid of her; her father, who sent for her, doesn't want her after all. Meggy is appalled by London, dirty and noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around in—not that getting around is ever easy for someone  who walks with the help of two sticks. Just as her alchemist father pursues his Great Work of transforming base metal into gold, Meggy finds herself pursuing her own transformation. Earthy and colorful, Elizabethan London has its dark side, but it also has gifts in store for Meggy Swann.

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"Starred Review. 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. Ages 10-14." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. 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. Grades 4 - 8." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Cushman adds another intrepid, resourceful, courageous girl to her repertoire in this tale set in 16th-century London." - School Library Journal

"Cushman's newest novel has all the elements that have made her earlier books so beloved." - Publishers Weekly

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Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman is the acclaimed author of a Newbery Honor book and a Newbery Medal book as well as four other popular historical novels, all published by Clarion Books. She lives on Vashon Island in Washington State.Her web site is www.karencushmanbooks.com.

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