Off to a starry start!

 

Galleys of AUDACITY are out in the world, and the first two trade reviews are in!

* Readers hear Clara’s strong, clear voice in action-packed verses that convey with intense emotion her conflicts and conviction, her deepest thoughts and her doubts and triumphs. Crowder breathes life into a world long past … Compelling, powerful and unforgettable. Kirkus (Starred Review)

* The verse form of the narrative lends lightness to an otherwise bleak topic and moves the story along quickly, while artful formatting of the text creates and sustains mood. This book stands alone in its topic and time frame … With historical notes, interviews with Clara’s family members, and a glossary of Yiddish terms, Audacity is an impactful addition to any historical fiction collection. School Library Journal (Starred Review)

Thank you, Kirkus and SLJ!

[ETA: and a third star, too, this time from BCCB!]

In graceful, affecting poetry, Clara shares an internal monologue, relating her early years in a Russian shtetl as the hardworking daughter, helping to keep the household running while her father and brothers pursue religious study … When the concepts of socialism and unionization ignite her spirit, she takes to the union hall and picket lines, fighting to convince other young women in her situation to join the battle and ultimately seeing some measure of success in sparking a general strike. Crowder does an outstanding job of limning Clara’s inner struggles… Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (Starred Review)