"Storyteller" by Patricia Reilly Giff; Wendy Lamb Books, 165 pages ($15.99)

A two-time Newbery Honor-winning author explores a little-known piece of New York State's part in the Revolutionary War by weaving together the story of two girls who lived centuries apart.

Modern-day Elizabeth is angry that her father is going away on business and leaving her with her Aunt Libby, who is a terrible cook and not used to having kids around. But at Libby's house, Elizabeth finds herself fascinated with a portrait of a girl who looks very much like herself. Zee, the girl in the portrait, lived on a farm in New York State at the dawn of the American Revolution, a frightening time when neighbor turned against neighbor. Her father and brother leave to fight with the Patriots, while her best friend's family remains loyal to England.

Elizabeth's voyage of discovery, her experience of a new school and her battle with feeling different and clumsy is interesting, but the best part of the book is the thrilling story of Zee's experience of the hardship of the American Revolution, including the terrible Battle of Oriskany.

-- Jean Westmoore



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