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Rory's Promise

Twelve-year-old orphan Rory Fitzpatrick lives with her younger sister Violet at New York City’s Foundling Hospital in the early 1900s. But when Rory discovers that Violet will be sent to the Arizona Territory to be adopted, her world is shattered. Although too old to be adopted herself, Rory—brave and smart—is determined to stay with her sister, even if it means hiding out on a train traveling west. When Rory and Violet arrive in Arizona, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. Will Rory give up? This uplifting novel about the power of faith and the true meaning of family launches the Hidden Histories series, spotlighting little-known tales from America’s past, and the children behind those stories.

About the Author

Check out the trailer for my latest release -- Always Emily. It's a novel of intrigue and romance about the Bronte sisters.

What People are Saying

Lauren Tarshis (Best-selling author of the I Survived Series)

"Rory's Promise is a thrilling and moving journey through a fascinating chapter in our history."

Patricia Reilly Giff (Two-time Newbery Honor Winner)

"An incredible story based on a real happening, well told by a wonderful writer. I couldn't put it down!"

Kirkus

"An exciting, eye-opening read."

What's next

The Revelation of Louisa May, a mystery featuring Louisa May Alcott, will be published by Chronicle in Spring 2015. This will be the third in the literary mystery series.  Check back here for more details as we get closer.