Curiosity tore ten-year-old Judith MacDonald from the arms of her family into an adventure that would take her to the far reaches of the world, and span ten years of her life.
Judith, under the protection of Benny Harrison and Jabari, who rescue her from the middle of a pirate fight in Amsterdam, finds herself captured by Barbary pirates and the property of Sultan Ismail Hassan.
Armed with a faith in God, instilled in her by her parents and grandparents, she faces the ultimate test of her faith, as she finds herself forced to renounce her faith and take up the teachings of Islam, which she refuses to do.
Judith’s journey home takes her from Amsterdam to the South China Sea. Everywhere she sets foot, a battle for survival takes place as she is hunted down by the Hassan family from which Benny and Jabari rescue her many times to find her one last time in the hands of Sultan Mehmed Hassan, son of Sultan Ismail Hassan, as he keeps her out of reach of her family.
Looming on the horizon is war with Great Britain, as the British American Colonies face a war for their independence. Not only does Judith’s family need to find her and bring her home, they need to do so before war breaks out and they find themselves in even greater danger from British ships.
About Valerie J. Routhieaux (Green Bay, Wisconsin Author)
Valerie J. Routhieaux lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and has been writing most of her life. She received a diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature in 2006, and published her first book in the Colonial America Series, Scarred in 2012, followed by Manifest Destiny in 2013, and Stowaway in 2014. Scarred is now in its third edition this year. Her latest book, Freedom's Cry is now published. This is the last book in the series.
Valerie is a Vietnam Veteran, having joined the Navy in 1972. She is fiercely patriotic. She has enjoyed many different jobs, but her favorite was serving her country with honor.
Valerie is a mother of three, grandmother of five, and great grandmother of two. She enjoys swimming, reading, and writing. She has a strong faith in God, and being from Wisconsin, and particularly Green Bay, is an avid Green Bay Packers fan.