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  • Written by Ann Turnbull
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"A love affair between Quaker Susanna and merchant's son Will plays out against the persecution of Friends in seventeenth-century England. . . . An engrossing plot and a moving love story." — THE HORN BOOK

An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults

A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year

A Richie's Picks Best Book of the Year

"The complexities of social order and religious persecution unfold gracefully. A tender, involving story, beautifully told." — KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

"Readers will be hard-pressed to discover two more truly likable and
better matched characters, more deserving of a happy ending." — BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS


"Thou'rt afraid to tell thy father!"

"I'm not!" But he wouldn¹t meet my eye.

"We will become an illegal people," I said. "It will not be wise for thee to associate with us."

I had not thought much about all this before, but now it became clear to me: the gulf that was opening between us. I felt the inevitability of it, and tears stood in my eyes, ready to fall.

"Susanna." He put his arms around me, kissed my hair and then my face. I swung between delight and terror that someone would come in. The tears ran down my face and he kissed them away and pulled me close.

"Don't cry," he said. "We won't be parted. I promise. Don't cry."

I felt his lips touch mine, feather-soft at first and then firmer,warmer, with an eagerness that made me respond and kiss him back. I wondered, fleetingly, if I should do this. Was it wrong if we were not promised in marriage? But I could not bring myself to stop. . . . Later, when I was alone, I touched my lips with my fingertips and thought about the kiss.

He had said, "We won't be parted." Surely that must mean he loved me?

But he had not dared to tell his father about me, or about meeting with Friends. And I knew his father planned for him to become apprenticed to a silk merchant who would take him away to London. It was his duty to obey his father, and he had all the power.

NO SHAME, NO FEAR by Ann Turnbull. Copyright (c) 2004 by Ann Turnbull. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.


"Here is a novel that needs a trumpet to be blown for it. . . . We see the narrative unfolding through the alternating viewpoints of William and Susanna, and this allows us access to every part of a society which is both complex and fascinating. We learn a great deal (without a hint of the author stuffing the narrative with her research for our edification) about seventeenth-century manners, morals, clothes, medicine, reading, eating, and penal conditions. We learn about the quiet faith and bravery of the Quakers. . . . But the main pleasure here is the touching love story. The end of the novel, which reduced this reader to tears, leaves you longing for the sequel." — Adèle Geras, THE GUARDIAN — Adèle Geras, THE GUARDIAN

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