Torrey Gann

M. Torrey Gann is the author of twelve books. She is a two-time Thurber House Residency in Children's Literature nominee, plus a two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's (PNWA) literary awards in the mainstream novel and young adult categories. Among other honors, her books have received starred reviews from “Publisher’s Weekly” and “Kirkus,” been chosen by the Junior Library Guild and been nominated for numerous state medals.

Born in Wenatchee, Washington, Gann holds a degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Washington (’88), and a Master of Arts in Religion from Graceland University (’06). She resides in Fox Island, Washington, and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the world. Gann has three sons and three grandchildren. In addition to her writing and traveling, she is a co-founder of Orphans Africa, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity (www.orphansafrica.org). Orphans Africa works primarily in Tanzania, building boarding schools for children orphaned by disease and poverty. Her organization now educates over 650 children, ages 3-19.

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Upon the death of her beloved and wealthy planter father, a mulatto child is sold into slavery and must somehow survive while caught between the world of the white elite and the brutality and powerlessness of slavery.
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