As the ground of her past shifts, a girl finds her way to an unexpected future in this compelling historical novel about survival and strength.
It’s 1849, and twelve-year-old Addie lives in the shipbuilding town of Essex, Massachusetts. Her father has left the family to seek gold on the West Coast, and now the flux has taken the lives of her mother and baby brother, leaving Addie all alone. Her fear of living as a servant in some other home drives her into the snowy woods, where she survives on her own for several weeks before a nomadic, silver-haired Wampanoag woman takes her in. Slowly, the startling truth of Addie’s past unfolds. Through an intense ancient ceremony, and by force of her own wits and will, Addie unravels the mystery of her identity—and finds the courage to build a future unlike any she could ever have imagined.
About the Author
Pat Lowery Collins is the author of Hidden Voices as well as many other acclaimed novels and picture books. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
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Addie's mother and brother die in the middle of winter. Addie's father has left to find gold on the West Coast. All alone, she struggles to maintain normalcy. She's so afraid that the townspeople will force someone to take her in and she will become a servant. Finally, when all hope is lost, she flees out into the night. She survives on her own with her cat for company. Addie's not sure how long she will be able to last. She grows weak and then sick. Eventually, Nokummus finds her. Nokummus, an elderly Wampanoag woman, takes Addie under her wing. Addie regains her health and her strength, and under the watchful eye of Nokummus, she learns the truth about her past. DAUGHTER OF WINTER is a one part survival story and one part coming-of-age tale. Addie struggles against the town, against nature, and against herself to find her true destiny.