Barker’s young adult novel [A Difficult Boy] is one of the best historical fiction works I’ve read in a long time, emotionally authentic, full of period detail, and beautifully written.”
—Susan VanHecke, “Adventures in Authorhood”
M. P. BARKER is a time traveler—well, actually an author, archivist and historical consultant, which amounts to the same thing. She got a firsthand taste (sometimes literally!) of 19th-century New England rural life when she was a costumed historical...