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At the Sign of the Star

Katherine Sturtevant

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

The tale of a bookseller's daughter

Meg Moore is the motherless and only child of a bookseller with a thriving business in Restoration London-and that makes her an heiress. She knows that someday she will have her pick of suitors, and that with the right husband she can continue in the book trade and be friends with wits and authors, as her father is. But Mr. Moore's unexpected marriage throws all Meg's dreams into confusion. Meg resists the overtures and edicts of her stepmother with a cleverness equaled only by her fierceness, but in spite of it all her rival's belly soon swells with what Meg fears will be her father's new heir. Meg seeks wisdom from almanacs and astrologers, plays and books of jests, guides for ladies and guides for midwives. Yet it is through her own experience that she finds a new matrimony with which to face her unknown future. This vibrant novel recreates a lively and fascinating historical period when women claimed a new and more active role in London's literary scene.

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Praise for At the Sign of the Star

"Good historical fiction with a strong female heroine."--School Library Journal

"Working in her widowed father's London bookshop in 1677, twelve-year-old Meg loves being on the fringe of the literary world and talking with her father and their customers about books. In addition, she feels secure knowing that the business she will inherit will give her the financial freedom to marry a man of her choosing. So when her father remarries, Meg finds the adjustment difficult...Readers will end the book hoping for a sequel to this engaging story, which is set in a period little visited in historical novels for young people."--Starred, Booklist

"While Sturtevant's portrayal of the struggles of a blended family could be true today, her depiction of women's attitudes and opportunities in the Restoration period is carefully historical."--The Horn Book

"A wonderful combination of history, humor, and storytelling."--Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife's Apprentice

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Katherine Sturtevant

  • Katherine Sturtevant is also author of A Mistress Moderately Fair, a historical novel for adults, and Our Sister's London: Feminist Walking Tours. She lives in Berkeley, California.
  • Katherine Sturtevant
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At the Sign of the Star

Katherine Sturtevant

Booklist Editors' Choice, NYPL Books for the Teen Age
  • Trade Paperback

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