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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,098 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Cushman Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Meggy Swann has come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Meggy’s mother was glad to be rid of her; her father, who sent for her, doesn’t want her after all. Meggy is appalled by London, dirty and noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around in, not that getting around is ever easy for someone who walks with the help of two sticks. Just as her alchemist father pursues his Great Work of transforming base metal into gold, Meggy finds herself pursuing her own transformation. Earthy and colorful, Elizabethan London has its dark side, but it also has gifts in store for Meggy Swann.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With flawless historical prose, Cushman introduces Meggy Swann…There is no unequivocally happy ending for Meggy, but a better life awaits her, and readers will gladly accompany her on the journey.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cushman adds another intrepid, resourceful, courageous girl to her repertoire in this tale set in 16th-century London…Her courage and confidence grow with each obstacle overcome.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A gem.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Writing with admirable economy and a lively ability to re-create the past believably, Cushman creates a memorable portrayal of a troubled, rather mulish girl who begins to use her strong will in positive ways.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A 2011 ALA Odyssey Award Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth | 2/11/2014

    " Cushman creates another strong female character in Meggy Swann, who travels to London in the late 1500s to live with her father after the death of the grandmother who raised her. Meggy's limp makes life a challenge, as does living with her abrupt and secretive father, an alchemist. An intriguing look at Elizabethan England through the eyes of common people. Alchemy and Meggy's friendship with a boy make this questionable for a religious audience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/4/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of Cushman's other books. The story was okay, and kids might enjoy it, but I was left a little cold. I didn't really care about any of the characters--even though Meggy makes quite a transformation--none of them had the depth I wanted them to have in order to be interested in their fate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginger | 1/16/2014

    " Characterization is full, plot well-done. Full of Elizabethan-period details. Cushman doesn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise | 1/11/2014

    " This is listed as a Teen book but I am way past being a teen and enjoyed the book. I don't usually read books set in the 1500s but since I have an interest in alchemy I picked this book up to read. It is a light read that people interested in historical fiction might enjoy. "

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