OUTSIDERS Widowed just two days after her unwilling marriage to a man twice her age, Marnie finds herself an outsider in the remote seaside village of Torcurra. Spurned by the townsfolk who suspect her involvement in her husband's death, she has only two friends: the local priest and the madman known as Raver, even more of an outcast than Marnie herself. Marnie makes a remarkable discovers about Raver, whom she renames Raven, and the two forge a deep bond that begins to heal her own bruised heart. But the suspicious villagers see Raven's transformation as evidence of witchcraft, and suddenly Marnie finds herself facing an ordeal that threatens not only her future with Raven, but her very life.
Sherryl Jordan writes: "All my life I have felt great affinity with deaf people, and have loved sign language. For several years I worked with profoundly deaf children in schools, and spoke with them through signs. Marnie's dealings with Raven -- her difficulties, frustration, despair, joy, and triumph -- are all things I have experienced." Among her books are Winter of Fire, Wolf-Woman, and The Juniper Game. She lives not far from the sea in a little wooden cottage with medieval front doors.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 16, 2018)