Title: Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Author: Karen Cushman
Genre: Historical Fiction
Premise: In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths. (King County Library System)
Opinions: Meggy is an interesting character. I didn't particularly like her at the beginning of the book. As she grew in the story, I grew to like her too. Meggy has been shunned be everyone she has ever met except her Gran. Then when Gran dies, she is sent by her mother to live with her father, who wants nothing to do with his crippled daughter. However, in London Meggy learns and grows and discovers that there are others who see the inside of a person and their character strengths and not just physical deformites.
Karen Cushman is amazing at historical fiction. She does her research and you feel that in her books. The setting is an amazing and rich character in the book as well as any of the other characters. While this isn't my favorite of her books ("The Loud Silence of Francine Green" is), I definately enjoyed reading it, learned alot and didn't want to put it down.