No Shame, No Fear

( 23 )

Overview

"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 ...

See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$7.40
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$8.99 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (30) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $3.06   
  • Used (22) from $1.99   
Note: Visit our Teens Store.
Sending request ...

Overview

"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

In England in 1662, a time of religious persecution, fifteen-year-old Susanna, a poor country girl and a Quaker, and seventeen-year-old William, a wealthy Anglican, meet and fall in love against all odds.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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
KLIATT
First published in England, this historical fiction is set in small English towns in 1662, at a time of great prosecution of Quakers. American YAs may not know much about the civil war in England, Cromwell, the Restoration and so forth, but they will be able to relate to a story of romantic love—especially a forbidden love between two adolescents. The story is told in alternating chapters narrated by Susanna and by William. Susanna is from a Quaker family and the story opens as her father has been imprisoned for his faith. To help support her family she goes to work in a nearby town for a Quaker widow who has a print shop. Susanna catches the eye of William, the son of a wealthy merchant. Because of his attraction to Susanna, William begins attending the meetings for worship and becomes genuinely interested in the beliefs of the Friends. This angers his father, who blames Susanna. A new law is passed in Parliament that forbids the Quakers from meeting at all, and when they continue to meet for worship, they are arrested and imprisoned. They suffer terribly. Susanna is just young enough to escape the worst punishment, but at one point she is placed in the stocks and humiliated by the townspeople, who taunt her and throw things at her. Those in prison are susceptible to disease and death. The author makes us feel close to Susanna and to William, so the unfolding of the details of their beliefs and the historical persecutions are fascinating. The lovers are ready to defy all to marry, even under these terrible circumstances, but nothing is resolved easily, and the ending is believable and satisfactory. For those readers who are serious about historical fiction. KLIATT Codes:JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Candlewick, 293p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
KLIATT - Claire Rosser
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, November 2004: First published in England, this historical fiction is set in small English towns in 1662, at a time of great prosecution of Quakers. American YAs may not know much about the civil war in England, Cromwell, the Restoration and so forth, but they will be able to relate to a story of romantic love—especially a forbidden love between two adolescents. The story is told in alternating chapters narrated by Susanna and by William. Susanna is from a Quaker family and the story opens as her father has been imprisoned for his faith. To help support her family she goes to work in a nearby town for a Quaker widow who has a print shop. Susanna catches the eye of William, the son of a wealthy merchant. Because of his attraction to Susanna, William begins attending the meetings for worship and becomes genuinely interested in the beliefs of the Friends. This angers his father, who blames Susanna. A new law is passed in Parliament that forbids the Quakers from meeting at all, and when they continue to meet for worship, they are arrested and imprisoned. They suffer terribly. Susanna is just young enough to escape the worst punishment, but at one point she is placed in the stocks and humiliated by the townspeople, who taunt her and throw things at her. Those in prison are susceptible to disease and death. The author makes us feel close to Susanna and to William, so the unfolding of the details of their beliefs and the historical persecutions are fascinating. The lovers are ready to defy all to marry, even under these terrible circumstances, but nothing is resolved easily, and the ending is believable and satisfactory. For those readerswho are serious about historical fiction. (An ALA Best Book for YAs.)
Children's Literature
In 1662, shortly after England's civil war, Susanna and William are irresistibly drawn to each other even though they come from two different, quite incompatible, worlds. Susanna runs into William as she goes in to town to seek a job as servant. Even though she is just a young girl she must work to help her family. Her father has been jailed for his Quaker beliefs and his failure to pay tithes to the approved church. After three years at Oxford, William is going home to his prosperous family. William is drawn not only to Susanna but to her deep, quiet faith and he flouts the law to attend Sunday meetings with her. His father, a staunch member of the Church of England—the only legal religion—is appalled and does his best to change William's mind. Susanna's employer and friends are jailed for their beliefs and are kept in appalling, filthy and crowded conditions. Susanna struggles admirably to keep things going as the adults are held in prison. She and William grow ever closer despite the religious persecution that pervades their lives. Chapters told alternately by Susanna and William explain their evolving relationship. What will become of the star-crossed lovers? A sequel, now being written, will continue the story. First published in Britain, this book was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. This is the first young adult novel by Ms. Turnbull who has written many books for younger readers. 2004 (orig. 2003), Candlewick Press, Ages 12 up.
—Janet Crane Barley
VOYA
The backdrop for this beautifully written love story is the town of Hemsbury, England, in 1662, a time of violent persecution of Quakers by the English establishment. The tale unfolds in alternating points of view by seventeen-year-old Will and fifteen-year-old Susanna. Will, who has just spent three years studying in Oxford, is the only son of a wealthy wool merchant and alderman. Susanna, who can only write her name, is from a poor Quaker family. Her parents have been imprisoned multiple times for their beliefs. Knowing that he is defying the law and his father, Will begins attending Quaker meetings, attracted by their serenity and egalitarianism. There he meets Susanna, and they fall in love. When Parliament passes the Quaker Act, making meetings illegal, Will, Susanna, and others continue to gather in defiance of the law. They suffer beatings, arrests, imprisonment in filthy conditions, jail fever, humiliation, and public ridicule. Will stands up to his father and is disowned. Susanna is pilloried. But their religious beliefs and love strengthen them. When they decide to marry, adults on all sides discourage it. Ultimately Will goes to London to work in the book trade to earn money, while Susanna stays at her job with a female stationer with the promise of learning that trade. They will wait for each other. Into this story of passion and persecution, Turnbull deftly weaves many details of English town life (how clothes are washed, what herbs are used for illness), the tenets of Quaker faith, and the dangers of legislated discrimination. Although the circumstances are vastly different, today's teens will easily identify with Will and Susanna's timeless story. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S(Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Candlewick, 293p., Ages 11 to 18.
—Florence H. Munat
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-A fast-paced historical drama set in England in 1662 amid the turmoil of the religious persecution of Friends. Susanna Thorn, 15, is a Quaker with a strong and committed independent spirit. William Heywood, 17, is educated and comes from a wealthy, respectable family that adheres to the Church of England. They meet when she moves into town to work after her father's arrest and develop a bond that cannot be broken by religion, law, or parents. This is an engaging and believable story. The author effortlessly shows how Susanna's strength of character makes sense within the context of her religion. Will, who defies his father and becomes a Quaker, is a well-delineated romantic lead; he manages to balance passion and common sense. With a little promotion, this book is sure to have wide appeal to fans of historical or romantic fiction.-Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When 15-year-old Susanna offers to become a servant in town to help pay for her family's keep, she knows she isn't being self-sacrificing-her father's in jail for his Quaker beliefs, and Susanna, fearing that she lacks her parents' courage, longs for the company of Quakers her age. Will, a recent Oxford graduate and only son of an up-and-coming merchant, comes to the Quakers as he begins to question the values of his class-based society. As the Quakers suffer increasingly harsh penalties under Cromwell's laws, Susanna finds strength in rebellion and Will openly defies his furious, heart-broken father. Their young love seems as doomed as Romeo and Juliet's, and as far-reaching-but their emerging maturity provides a hopeful ending. Turnbull, in her first foray into YA literature, lets her strong characters carry the story, and the complexities of social order and religious persecution unfold gracefully. A tender, involving story, beautifully told. (Fiction. 12-15)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763631901
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 450,387
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.73 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet 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.
Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

"Thou'rt afraid to tell thy father!"

"I'm not!" But he wouldn¹t meet my eye.

"We will become an illegal people," I said. "It will not be wise for thee to associate with us."

I had not thought much about all this before, but now it became clear to me: the gulf that was opening between us. I felt the inevitability of it, and tears stood in my eyes, ready to fall.

"Susanna." He put his arms around me, kissed my hair and then my face. I swung between delight and terror that someone would come in. The tears ran down my face and he kissed them away and pulled me close.

"Don't cry," he said. "We won't be parted. I promise. Don't cry."

I felt his lips touch mine, feather-soft at first and then firmer,warmer, with an eagerness that made me respond and kiss him back. I wondered, fleetingly, if I should do this. Was it wrong if we were not promised in marriage? But I could not bring myself to stop. . . . Later, when I was alone, I touched my lips with my fingertips and thought about the kiss.

He had said, "We won't be parted." Surely that must mean he loved me?

But he had not dared to tell his father about me, or about meeting with Friends. And I knew his father planned for him to become apprenticed to a silk merchant who would take him away to London. It was his duty to obey his father, and he had all the power.

NO SHAME, NO FEAR by Ann Turnbull. Copyright (c) 2004 by Ann Turnbull. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 23 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(17)

4 Star

(4)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 23 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    I was touched by 'No shame, No Fear'

    I completely fell in love with this story! I loved everything in it the characters, the plot, the deep love that Will and Susanna shared and the courage they both showed in carrying on their relationship,even though they had to defy society, family, and law. I really liked how the author showed that love can and really does prevail. If you truly love someone, you can withstand anything to be together, because your love is stronger than anything that can keep you apart. I cannot wait to read the sequel! I really recommend that people read this book especially if you enjoy historical fiction and a truly touching love story.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    LOVED THIS BOOK - AND THE SEQUEL

    This is a great book. I absolutely loved it. It isn't so much a completely lovey-dovey book, it's a book about true love, but true love that actually has to fight to win. I also loved the sequel, Forged in the Fire. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants a good read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Awesome Book

    I finished reading this book in 2 days. I couldn't put it down. It is a wonderful book about struggling love. I love it, and I encourage anyone who hasn't read it to read it soon. After reading this book, check out the sequel, Forged in the Fire.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    can't get any better.

    this book, the best book out and made. ive never ever read a book as good as this one, to anyone that doesn't seem interested in book, read this book & you'll fall for books like that. truly the best book out.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    The Best

    It was absolutly great. And I am not the person to read romances. I am a huge horror fan. It is a must read book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Beautifully written

    This story is captivating and compelling. You feel the pain of the characters' hardships as well as their love. Turnbull pulls you into the story so gracefully. It was beautifully written and filled with drama and love. It is an AMAZING book and I recommend it to all.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2007

    crap

    this book sounds like a sweet romance. it is unrealistic and all about religion. and the ending was stupid and just not an ending. don't read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

    hi

    this book was really good, when i was in 6th grade, we had to read maroo of the winter caves which really sucked but she did much better with this one

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    Making history interesting and fun

    This is not only a novel for young adults but for all fans of historical romance. The author does a great job of writing one chapter from each of the main characters perspective. I recommend this book because it shows another side to young adults, that which shows they can be selfless and fearless in the face of adversity. Sometimes I wished Susanna wasn't a Quaker,her life would have been much easier. But that would have defeated the purpose of this book. Each chapter builds to a frenetic pace, so that you can't put the book down until the very last page.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    Dost thou know?

    This is now officially one of the best books,I have read in the longest time. I love to read and has surely and truely won my heart. The dialogue is amazing and the style is beautifully written. Turnbull really makes me feel like I'm among her characters, living and breathing with them. The plot is as wonderful as Romeo and Juliet and keeps wanting you to read more and more. The sequel is sure to satisfy you after this awesome story.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2006

    Best Romance Ever

    OMG!! THis is one of my favorite books and I love the way it is written and the romance between Susanna and William. It is the BEST historical romance EVER!!!!!!!!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    amazing

    No Shame, No Fear was honestly one of the best teen/romance novels i have ever read. I absolutely fell in love with the character William. I'll definitly be reading this book over.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2007

    I LoVeD this book!!!!!!!!!

    this is one of the best romances i ever read. I couldn't put it down. A must read for any age!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    Really good

    This is a very good book. Both characters are well developed and the best part comes whn Suzanne is put in the stocks. Right before I read this book I read the book Twilight, so everything paled in comparison to Twilight. Still this is a good romance, even if it shows a veerrrrryyy stubborn side of Quakers.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    extraordinary

    This novel was exceptional!!! I could not put it down and finished it in a day. I loved the characters and the hardships that they faced. I also liked the way it was written, from 2 different perpectives. I loved this book!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 23 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)