Relegated to her cursed façade, Tavia chooses to don a black hood and a warrior’s sword to fight with Siddel’s army to defeat The Knox and his band of murderous thugs. Only when she falls in love with the brave commander of Siddel’s forces does Tavia learn that the only way to break her curse is with her willingness to live and die for a credo that promises to make her into the woman she was destined to be.
Jeanette Matern received her Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Utah and did her post graduate work at the University of Phoenix in Secondary Education. She works as a private teacher and musician in Sandy, Utah where she lives with her husband and two young sons.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.
Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply.
More than this, it is an adventure of the spirit that will haunt the reader long after the book has been put down. Karana's quiet courage, her Indian self-reliance and acceptance of fate, transform what to many would have been a devastating ordeal into an uplifting experience. From loneliness and terror come strength and serenity in this Newbery Medal-winning classic.
In celebration of the book's 50th anniversary, this edition has an introduction by Lois Lowry, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver and Number the Stars.