Trudy Krisher




The 1837 livery fire in Millbrook, Massachusetts, which killed six people and wounded several others, becomes a starting point for characters concerned about both rights for women, slaves, and workers. The novel’s ten narrators each tell a different story, some focusing on family issues, others focusing on large scale issues like slavery and religion and economic disadvantage. The most memorable narrator is Faith Common, a fourteen-year-old champion of women's rights who leads her classmates to rebel against a cruel teacher who thinks that girls, unlike boys, are incapable of learning.

  • “A crackerjack piece of historical fiction.” School Library Journal
  • “In a small New England town in the 1830s, fiery Faith Common begins to question the doctrines that keep women subservient to men.”
  • Faith is “a spunky rebellious teenager,” Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
  •  “Each character soon becomes as distinct and familiar as a close neighbor.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books