Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man.
Sharon Biggs Waller moved to England in 2000, where she worked as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace and as a freelance magazine writer. These days she is a dressage rider and trainer and lives on a ten-acre sustainable farm in Northwest Indiana with her British husband, Mark. She is the author of three non-fiction books, as well as the YA novel A Mad, Wicked Folly.
* "Elodie and Ching Lan are feminists of their era, refusing to bend to the rules and limits placed before them."--Publishers Weekly, starred review * "A historical romance with a strong female protagonist, sure to find fans."--School Library Journal, starred review "The characters are strong and full of life, and the plot combines the perfect amount of both adventure and romance. . . . This book is a must-have."--VOYA "Similar in tone to Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty (2003), this is a perfect read for timid teens who dream of adventure."--Booklist "Well-researched and filled with adventure, romance, and lots of tension--this work of historical fiction has all the elements of an intriguing read."--Kirkus Reviews A Junior Library Guild Selection Nominated for the American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults List