Midwest Book Review - Convictions
The year is 1842 and fourteen-year-old Jennie Lawrence has been found guilty of stealing and finds herself aboard one of the few women-only convict ships, destined for Australia. The conditions aboard the ship are abhorrent: the women are ill from lack of food and water and are beaten if they disobey orders. The only way for the women to survive the voyage is to band together. And so, with the help of Sarah, Bridget, Alice and other convicts, her new "family", young Jennie battles the jailers, the ship and the sea. But will it be enough to set them free? "Convictions" is a simply riveting read from beginning to end and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to highschool and community library YA Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists of teen readers that "Convictions" is also available in a Kindle format ($7.52).