"A love affair between Quaker Susanna and merchant's son Will plays out against the persecution of Friends in seventeenth-century England. . . . An engrossing plot and a moving love story." THE HORN BOOK An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year A Richie's Picks Best Book of the Year "The complexities of social order and religious persecution unfold gracefully. A tender, involving story, beautifully told." KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review) "Readers will be hard-pressed to discover two more truly likable and better matched characters, more deserving of a happy ending." BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS.
About the Author
Ann Turnbull has written many books for young readers, including NO FRIEND OF MINE, HOUSE OF GHOSTS, MAROO OF THE WINTER CAVES, and PIGEON SUMMER, which was short-listed for the Smarties Book Prize. NO SHAME, NO FEAR is her first book for young adults. She says, "This is a story I have been wanting to write for a long time, ever since I learned about the early Quakers and was struck by their vitality and their extraordinary courage." Ann Turnbull lives in Shropshire, England.
"Here is a novel that needs a trumpet to be blown for it. . . . We see the narrative unfolding through the alternating viewpoints of William and Susanna, and this allows us access to every part of a society which is both complex and fascinating. We learn a great deal (without a hint of the author stuffing the narrative with her research for our edification) about seventeenth-century manners, morals, clothes, medicine, reading, eating, and penal conditions. We learn about the quiet faith and bravery of the Quakers. . . . But the main pleasure here is the touching love story. The end of the novel, which reduced this reader to tears, leaves you longing for the sequel." — Adèle Geras, THE GUARDIAN — Adèle Geras, THE GUARDIAN