Thirteen year-old Fair O'Nelli is tested to her extremities and answers brutality with rebellion, oppression with escape, and doubt into a trust in someone greater than herself. Narrated by Simon Vance, Booklist's Voice of Choice. School Library Journal starred review.
My high school teacher, Mrs. Collins, announced to the entire class that everyone going on to A.P. English would do very well except me. Embarrassing. Then she said it's because I had a gift for creative writing and telling stories. I wasn't sure if that was a compliment or not.
If you gave me thirty seconds to say what Fair O'Nelli felt right down to her bones, it would be the three lines you see here: she had never felt more alone. After my father died in a tragic manner when I was six, most of my childhood into my teens was filled with moments where I felt helplessly, hopelessly, and achingly alone, in spite of my angel mother's love. It's funny how we end up writing what we know without even trying.