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A True and Faithful Narrative

A True and Faithful Narrative

Katherine Sturtevant

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)




In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore is something of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg pores over books. She spends long hours conversing with the famous authors and poets who visit her father's bookstore, and even writes her own stories, laboring over every word until her hand is black with ink. Without warning, however, Meg comes to learn exactly how powerful words can be. The day her best friend's brother Edward sets sail for Italy, Meg scoffs at his attempts at romance by answering him with a thoughtless jest.

Soon news travels to London that Edward's ship has been captured and he has been sold as a slave in North Africa – and Meg cannot shake the thought that her cruel words are the cause. Now Meg must use her fiery language to bring Edward home, imploring her fellow Londoners to give all that they can to buy Edward's freedom. But once Meg learns to direct the power behind her words, will she be able to undo the damage she has caused, and write freely the stories that she longs to put to paper?

This inspired sequel to At the Sign of the Star continues Meg's story with elegance and élan.

A True and Faithful Narrative is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

School Library Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the, ALA Best Books for Young Adults


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Praise for A True and Faithful Narrative

“Sturtevant once again offers readers a story depicted with great clarity and many vivid details of everyday life. Memorable.” —Starred, Booklist

“A quietly meticulous realization in microcosm of the collision between East and West as well as a musing on the mutability of destiny.” —The Horn Book

“Readers will root for the lively heroine to find her way.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Intriguing, believable glimpse into Restoration London.” —Starred, School Library Journal

“An amazing book! Even though it is set in 1681, I could really relate to Meg. [She] is such a beautifully drawn character.” —A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Katherine Sturtevant

KATHERINE STURTEVANT's At the Sign of the Star was a Booklist Editors' Choice, and in a starred review they said, "Readers will end the book hoping for a sequel." The author lives in Berkeley, California.

Katherine Sturtevant

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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