Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman
Sometime last year I read an ARC of this book. This post is mostly taken from that review:
When Meggy’s alchemist father calls her to Elizabethan London, her mother is more than happy to send the young teenager to the man who abandoned them before Meggy’s birth. Unfortunately, once she arrives, her father cannot hide is displeasure in the fact she is not a boy – and that she is lame. Meggy is aghast with the crowded, dirty city, and struggles with finding her place in life and with the realization that she doesn’t have to do it alone.
Cushman’s delightful writing style brings her stories to life. Meggy is full of moxie, and her wit and intelligence shin through the tale. Cushman doesn’t shy away from the less desirable aspects of Elizabethan London, which adds authenticity to the story. This is a wonderful work of historical fiction.
Katherine Kellgren is the narrator of the audiobook. She performs excellently. It is no surprise that the production was given an Odyssey honor.