In this Victorian bildungsroman, John Halifax is an orphan determined to make a success of himself through honest hard work. Apprenticed by the tanner Abel Flecher, John is befriended by Abel’s invalid son who narrates John’s rising fortunes in business and in love, through the Industrial Revolution.
Mik has skated on thin ice his entire life. Forced out of his aunt’s home in icy, northern Sweden, Mik journeys through forests, train lines, rapids and waterfalls on a mission to find his home at last.
Banjo Grease is about life and death in a mill town where at each epiphany and rite of passage, the narrator yields a ration of innocence. When exchanging naivete for worldliness, what is lost in denying one's past?
When Bernetta loses her private school scholarship after allegations of 'cheating' she's determined to raise the money needed to get her back in. Should she turn to her new con artist friend? Or use her 'magic'?