Meet Ryder Stephens, a headstrong, but scared thirteen-year-old girl navigating the streets of New York City alone. Trusting no one, and comforted only by her violin, she reluctantly accepts the help of NYC’s upper class. But just as time heals the wounds that led her to run away, illness strikes her adopted family, which rapidly crumbles her new-found support. Only when tragedy revisits her life, does she learn from the similarities and make steps towards closure.
Praise for Ryder Stephens
“I couldn’t help but be invested in this story of a precocious runaway and her quest for family & belonging. Colorful characters, and especially Ryder, come to life through witty prose”.
“A hopeful and engagingly written story, one that compellingly speaks of resilience in the face of tragedy. The characters jump off the page, and I was riveted from beginning to the end.”
“A classic orphan tale told through a modern lens, with a complex yet identifiable heroine. Well written and immediately engaging.”