The Forbidden Orchid

Optimized-ForbiddenOrchid_CoverThe Forbidden Orchid

Sharon Biggs Waller

Viking Children’s Books

March 8, 2016

Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls’ father is a plant hunter, usually off adventuring through the jungles of China.

Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan fails to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid, meaning that he will be thrown into debtors’ prison and the girls will be sent to the orphanage or the poorhouse. Elodie’s father has one last chance to return to China, find the orchid, and save the family—and this time, thanks to an unforeseen twist of fate, Elodie is going with him. Elodie has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China.

But even if she can find the orchid, how can she find herself now that staid, responsible Elodie has seen how much the world has to offer?

wheel “Elodie and Ching Lan are feminists of their era, refusing to bend to the rules and limits placed before them.” —PW, starred review

wheel “A historical romance with a strong female protagonist, sure to find fans.” —School Library Journal, starred review

wheel “Well-researched and filled with adventure, romance, and lots of tension—this work of historical fiction has all the elements of an intriguing read.” —Kirkus