Search of the Moon King's Daughter
Included in one of the 2004 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults lists
Nominated for the White Pine Reading Program of the Durham District School Board
Gentle Emmaline loves nothing more than books and flowers and her little brother Tommy. Sadly, her idyllic country life in Victorian England comes to an abrupt end when her father dies of cholera. The family is forced to move to a mill town, where Emmaline's mother is dreadfully injured in a factory accident. To ease her pain she takes laudanum and is soon addicted, craving the drug so badly that she sells Tommy into servitude as a chimney sweep in London. Emmaline knows that a sweep's life is short and awful. Small boys as young as five are forced to climb naked into dark chimneys, their bare feet prodded by nail-studded sticks to keep them working. If Tommy is to survive, it is up to Emmaline to find him.
Linda Holeman brings a bygone period to life in a book of serious historical fiction for young adults.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Linda Holeman had always dreamed of becoming an author. Her first writing success came when she was in grade 5. A story she had written was aired on the CBC radio program “Story Broadcast Journal” and she still has a copy of the booklet it was published in.
Her career has included stints as a classroom and resource teacher and an adult workshop instructor. Her first published work as an adult was a collection of short stories called
Saying Good-bye in 1995. She is the author of
Frankie on the Run, a picture book and
Flying to Yellow and
The Devil’s Darning Needle, two collections of short stories for adults. Her fiction and non-fiction pieces have appeared in numerous anthologies.
Promise Song, her first young adult novel and
Mercy’s Birds, her second, were selected for Books for the Teen Age lists by The New York Public Library. Her third YA novel,
Raspberry House Blues, was published in Fall 2000 to excellent reviews. All three novels feature strong female teen protagonists and have been praised for the true representation of character, and especially, dialogue.
Search of the Moon King’s Daughter
is a new work of historical fiction, already being well received. Linda Holeman lives in Winnipeg.
From the Hardcover edition.