Alchemy's Daughter

Alchemy's Daughter

4.14 (49 ratings by Goodreads)
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Santina Pietra is seventeen and in medieval San Gimignano, daughters of merchants are expected to marry. But Santina cares only for Calandrino, a brilliant young scholar who is preoccupied with his ancient alchemical texts. Soon Santina meets Trotula, the village midwife, who might or might not be a strega, a witch. Trotula challenges her to forget Calandrino and become the woman she is meant to be. Some say she is a victim of the midwife's spell, but Santina is determined to follow in Trotula's footsteps even as calamities strike. The setting is 14th century Italy, but in Santina modern readers will find a strong-minded young woman whose search for meaning echoes their own. It is an exciting prequel to Mary A. Osborne's award-winning Nonna's Book of Mysteries.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 17mm | 367g
  • English
  • 3 Illustrations
  • 193618124X
  • 9781936181247

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"Brimming with details of life in Italy during the plague of 1348, this well-researched story incorporates historical information about medieval alchemy, midwifery, and the conflict between science and superstition, providing a rich context and arresting contrast for Santina's thoroughly modern attitudes." -Kirkus Reviews "Alchemy's Daughter is a poetically written historical fiction novel. It will delight middle grade and young adult readers, who will root for Santina as she faces obstacles with strength and resolve." -Charla Hollingsworth, VOYA Magazine ..".Santina is a smart, capable heroine whose desire for both knowledge and love will feel familiar to many modern readers." -Booklist "In Santina, multiple-award winner Mary A. Osborne has crafted a fully complex character, impulsive and enthusiastic on the surface, but with greater depth than typically found in YA fare... Santina's story is a lively, emotional journey worth sharing." -Pallas Gates McCorquodale, Foreword Reviews "A thoughtful, intelligent addition to the young adult genre, Alchemy's Daughter by Mary A. Osborne proves that a star-crossed love story can also teach history, science, and spirituality." -Mindy M. Jones, Chicago Book Review "Author Mary Osborne's adept portrayal of a spirited and intelligent young girl growing up in Italy during the Middle Ages is an alluring tale that provides an intriguing blend of history, romance, and adventure. Alchemy's Daughter is a story with timeless appeal which speaks to young readers on many levels pertaining to the choices one must make when embarking upon the threshold of adulthood." -Literary Classics International Book Awards & Reviews
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49 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 37% (18)
4 45% (22)
3 16% (8)
2 0% (0)
1 2% (1)
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