YA Author MIRIAM McNAMARA launches THE UNBINDING OF MARY READE

A clever, romantic novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack--and fell in love with Anne Bonny.

There's no place for a girl in Mary's world. Not in the home of her mum, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where no girl can be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary's livelihood--and her safety--depends on her ability to disguise her gender.

At least, that's what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and in the midst of the gang of cutthroats, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: agirl pirate.

The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain, earning herself the chance to join the account and become a pirate alongside Calico Jack and Anne Bonny.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain's mistress, she risks everything--her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Breathlessly romantic and brilliantly subversive, The Unbinding of Mary Reade is sure to sweep readers off their feet and make their hearts soar.

The Unbinding of Mary Reade is a rollicking, breathtaking adventure full of heart, passion, wit, and intelligence. I was turning pages fast as a wind fills a sail, marveling at the talent that is Miriam McNamara." --An Na, Printz Award Winner and National Book Award Finalist for A Step from Heaven

"A captivating account of gender, feminism, agency, and all manner of desire--most importantly, the desire to be free. Badass, through and through." --M-E Girard, Lambda Literary Award Winner and William C. Morris Award Finalist for Girl Mans Up

"Issues of gender identity and who and how to love make The Unbinding of Mary Reade resonate as strongly in the present as in the past. Action-packed, this romantic tale is bound to entice teen and adult readers alike." --Cordelia Jensen, author of Skyscraping and The Way the Light Bends

"Fantastic, unique, and inclusively diverse young adult fiction . . . You had me at 'queer pirates.' *grabby hands*" --Tor.com

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Event date: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
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$16.99
ISBN: 9781510727052
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sky Pony Press - June 19th, 2018