Georgie loves her sister Agatha, even if they don’t always get along. When Georgie’s meddling ruins her sister’s chances of marriage, Agatha runs away. Days later the sheriff brings home a dismembered body, unrecognizable except for Agatha’s red hair and distinctive peacock green dress. It’s 1871, long before DNA testing, but Georgie KNOWS that it isn’t Agatha. So she runs away too, determined to find her sister and bring her home alive. Trouble is, a young woman IS dead, and even if she isn’t Agatha, whoever killed her is not going to be too pleased with Georgie poking around. Will Georgie’s considerable intelligence, her skill as sharpshooter and her determination be enough to see her safely through her quest?
It’s hard to decide what’s best about this novel: Georgie’s unforgettable character, the mystery of the missing sister, the language… It may be the novel’s unique sense of time and place: if you’ve never read a book about the great passenger pigeon nesting in Wisconsin in 1871, don’t miss your chance. It’s available in print and on OverDrive. Check out the novel’s long list of awards!