Win a copy of FORGIVEN! Details at the end of this post.

May 31, 1904

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show”.
—David Copperfield, Charles Dickens, 1850

With one shaky hand I raised that branch, an inch only. I quaked like an aspen leaf in a tricky breeze. Not from the cold, though there was that. But from the fear.

“Come on out, girl.” The voice of this intruder with the evil snaky eyes rang through the clearing, bell-like in the frost morning.

I eased back deeper into the tangle of chokecherry. Snake-eyes had his back to me, and I fixed my own eyes on the ripped edges at the bottom of his pants leg, watching those frayed threads as the knitted branches that hid me sliced up his form. If I could crawl back silent, if I could just belly back far enough here, if I could get on my feet again, could get enough ground between us so he couldn’t shoot me, I could outrun him. Because when I had to, I could outrun a deer.

“I ain’t gonna hurt you, now.”

Liar. The bruise on my upper arm spoke to that lie. The bruise where he’d grabbed me, surprised me, and I’d twisted around and whanged him good with that fry pan, giving myself just enough time to scrabble into the thicket where I hid now, my stomach on the frozen ground.

Excerpt© 2011 Janet Fox

About the book:

FORGIVEN is the companion novel to FAITHFUL (2010). FORGIVEN is the story of Kula Baker, a young woman living in Yellowstone National Park in 1906. Kula must find her way to San Francisco in order to help her father; while there she encounters love, betrayal, and disaster in the form of the great San Francisco earthquake. Kula must learn that the key to a happy life lies in accepting yourself.

What people are saying:

FORGIVEN has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2011.

“…A riveting, well-written, wonderful story…As I followed Kula Baker from the heart of Yellowstone…to the heart of San Francisco…I felt my own heart racing.”–Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor Book The Underneath

“Absorbing, exciting, and romantic.”–Nancy Werlin, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Impossible

Release date: June 2, 2011

About the author:

Janet Fox has recently moved from College Station, Texas, to Montana, where she, her husband, and their college age son have a cabin in the mountains not far from Yellowstone. Her writing for children has appeared in Highlights for Children and Spider magazines; her award-winning non-fiction middle grade book, Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006), continues to be a top seller. Her debut novel Faithful (Speak/Penguin) was published in 2010 and was a YALSA nominee for Best Fiction for Young Adults and an Amelia Bloomer 2011 Selection from the ALA. She has served as a regional advisor for SCBWI and has taught middle school and high school English/language arts. Janet has an MS in marine geology and she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in July 2010. Her second novel Forgiven, a sequel to Faithful, is due out in 2011. Visit her at


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