A Northern Light
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About the Author
Jennifer Donnelly is the author of eleven novels including the Waterfire Saga, The Tea Rose series, Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book, and A Northern Light. She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and attended the University of Rochester where she majored in English Literature and European History.
Carnegie Medal Winner, United Kingdom
A 2011 ALA Popular Paperbacks Title
"A contemporary classic. Jennifer Donnelly is the master of historical fiction!" ---Ruta Sepetys, New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Carnegie Medal
Starred Review This is a breathtaking tale, complex and often earthy ... Donnelly's characters ring true to life, and the meticulously detailed setting forms a vivid backdrop to this finely crafted story.
--School Library Journal
Starred Review ... (an) ambitious, beautifully written coming-of-age story ... Many teens will connect with Mattie's fierce yearning for independence and for stories, like her own, that are frank, messy, complicated and inspiring. --Booklist
A Northern Light is a quintessential coming-of-age story ... exceptionally well told. Honest and unflinching in its portrayal of loss, poverty, racism, and pregnancy, it nonetheless avoids melodrama and polemic. --Christian Science Monitor