A lynching. A ghost. A town in turmoil.
Finding the body of a lynched woman isn't on Mary Steele's afterschool 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 magical realism 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.
Go read this book
Omg! Seriously, Silence at the Lock, has got to be single-handedly the best magical realism, historical fiction book I’ve ever read. The main character, Mary and most of her side kicks are teenagers. As such, you gather that the book is aimed toward the YA Genre/Group. Do not let the age bracket hold you back from reading this book. I’m fifty years old and this just spoke to me on so many levels as a genealogist, historian, and would be writer myself. This is Andi’s third book in this series. I’ve only become familiar with Andi recently but I look forward to going back and reading the first two books in this series. Bravo Andi! Bravo!
A Must Read!
I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Andi Cumbo-Floyd’s latest book “Silence at the Lock”. This is the 3rd book in her Steele Secrets series. Andi’s latest book “Silence at the Lock” is such a powerful story that links history to present day issues. A definite MUST READ!!! The first two books in this series “Steele Secrets” and “Charlotte and the Twelve” are also available. You don’t need to read the first two books to read this one but they are great and I highly recommend them.