The Brothers Story

Katherine Sturtevant

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Teenage twins Kit and Christy have grown up amid grinding poverty in their Essex village. As Christy has been “simple” from birth, Kit is literally his brother’s keeper. But the latest hardships visited upon their country home by the Great Frost of 1683–84 bring Kit to frustration and despair, and he abandons Christy to make his way to London, seeking to better himself. There he finds work as an apprentice to a struggling artist and much else to take his mind off what he has left behind. But the time comes when he can no longer ignore the problem of his brother.

A fascinating portrait of a young person struggling to balance family and freedom, The Brothers Story is also a frank depiction of Restoration London in its bawdy, raucous glory.


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1 THE MOMENT I woke that morning I knowed that the .rewood was at a end, for the cottage was painful cold. I sat up and began to rub my feet with my hands, but my sitting pulled the blanket from my twin, Christy, who shared it with me, and he sat hisself up as well.
“Awful cold, Kit,” he said to me.
“Ye think so?” I answered him.
“My feet ache terrible.”
“Rub ’em, same as I’m doing, see?”
He set to rubbing, but his ouching soon woke Mam and Michael, who was huddled together neath the other blanket. We had all fell asleep


Praise for The Brothers Story

“Sturtevant’s book is not only a stunning story but a challenging and deeply satisfying work of social conscience.” —Starred, Booklist

“An era comes alive in this tale of a young man's awakening to his life's call.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Sturtevant . . . subtly weaves in details that bring the setting to life, including the sights and sounds of London.” —VOYA

“Packed with authentic period detail, this is a lively adventure that merits a sequel.”Horn Book

Solid, engrossing effort for a teen audience.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

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  • KATHERINE STURTEVANT has previously written At the Sign of the Star, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, and its sequel, A True and Faithful Narrative, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among other accolades. The author lives in Berkeley, California.
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The Brothers Story

Katherine Sturtevant