A lynching. A ghost. A town in turmoil.
Finding the body of a lynched woman isn’t on Mary Steele’s after- school agenda. When the spirited, bookish teen meets the woman’s dead teenage daughter, she discovers a secret that includes the town’s mayor and a very special 94-year-old woman. Now, Mary has to find the secret and the strength to let them be free . . .
As the responsibility of her gifts weighs her down, Mary must make a choice about whether or not she’ll speak or stay quiet. When Confederate flags and white supremacists challenge her, the teen learns that sometimes courage is just about telling the truth. Can Mary show her town the truth about their own racist history?
Silence at the Lock is historical fiction for adults and young adults alike. If you like richly researched history, inspiring characters, and sensitive explorations of our cultural past, then you’ll love the third book of the Steele Secrets series from Andi Cumbo-Floyd.
About the Author
Andi Cumbo-Floyd is a writer, editor, and farmer who lives at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband, 4 dogs, 4 cats, 6 goats, 37 chickens and 3 rabbits. You can find out more about her at andilit.com and ourfolkstales.com. Her other titles include The Slaves Have Names, Writing Day In and Day Out, and God’s Whisper Manifesto. Her focus as a researcher and writer is the history of slavery in the United States, and she conducts archival research and genealogical inquiries in the Central Virginia region.
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