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Fire and Forgiveness
A Nun’s Truce with General Sherman

Martha Dunsky
Illustrated by Monica Wyrick

A captivating tale about forgiveness and peacemaking based on first-person accounts of true events

Making peace with her spiteful classmate Clara seems impossible to Jane. Despite encouragement from Mother Baptista, the mother superior at their convent school, Jane and Clara dig in their heels. As the girls brood they hear the cannons of the Civil War explode outside their school as General Sherman and the Union army attack the city of Columbia, South Carolina, in February 1865.

Mother Baptista asks Sherman for protection for her nuns and students, and he promises they will be safe inside their convent school. But despite his promise they have to flee in the middle of the night through a chaotic, burning city. Will Mother Baptista forgive Sherman for breaking his promise? Can Jane and Clara make peace when the adults in their world are at odds and at war?

Set during the most deadly and divisive war in U.S. history, this compelling story is based on first-person accounts of true events. Fire and Forgiveness is a reminder of the important role forgiveness and peacemaking play in life’s conflicts big and small, whether between quarreling children, proud adults, or warring nations.

Martha Dunsky, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is a former award-winning television reporter/videographer and producer and a retired technical editor for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

Fire and Forgiveness is a thoughtful, beautifully illustrated work that emphasizes stories of kindness and mercy during a time of war. The intimate tale reminds us how human goodness can triumph over violence and fear.” —Martha Moody, author of Washington Post bestseller Best Friends

“In Fire and Forgiveness, Martha Dunsky has successfully woven the life-long lesson of making peace in the face of conflict, while Monica Wyrick´s handsome illustrations provide a dynamic visual interpretation of Columbia´s burning during the Civil War.” —John Sherrer, Historic Columbia

“As the Civil War moves closer to Columbia, two girls in a convent school carry on their own battle. It's exciting to see another "forgotten" Civil War story brought vividly to life for today's readers.” —Kathy Cannon Wiechman, winner of the 2015 Grateful American Book Prize for Like a River: A Civil War Novel




February 2019
8.5 x 11
48 pages
11 color and 7 b&w illus.
ISBN 978-1-61117-985-9 Hardcover, $18.99t

ISBN 978-1-61117-986-6
Ebook, $18.99

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