Resourceful fourteen-year-old Odette is on the move again, traveling as a stowaway on a cheese cart with her hapless mother, Anneline. They are in Burgundy, France, in 1799, fleeing yet another calamity caused by Anneline (who is prone to killing people accidentally). At dawn they find themselves in a town called Nevers, which is filled with eccentric characters, including a man who obsessively smells hands, another who dreams of becoming a chicken, and a donkey that keeps the town awake at night, braying about his narrow life...
“Nevers is a marvelous and magical book with an unforgettable heroine—prepare to be transported!” —Esta Spalding, author of the Fitzgerald-Trout series
"This brief sojourn in an alternative 18th-century France is an unexpectedly rich one." --Kirkus Reviews full review
"Highly recommended. Nevers is a funny story, simply told, with a delightful heroine. It has been a long time since I read such a convincing, relevant historical novel for children." --CM Magazine full review
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