“Defiance on Indian Creek transports readers to the days of the American Revolution to follow the heart-stirring story of young Mary Shirley, who struggles to find her place in a turbulent world.” —Charlene Whitman, author of The Front Range series
“…Mary is a fun protagonist to follow as the story progresses, because Still is able to give the reader the feeling of anguish from the girl and her struggles over choosing to place trust in her father and the lack thereof.” —Literary Titan
2017 Sarton Women’s Book Award for Young Adult Fiction
Defiance on Indian Creek, Book One in the Dangerous Loyalties Series is an enthralling novel for all ages, inspired by Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Mary Shirley McGuire.
Western Virginia, 1774 -1775: Thirteen-year-old Mary Shirley loses trust in her loyalist papa when she discovers secret documents revealing him as a spy, betraying the patriots, and endangering the family. She wrestles with remaining loyal to him or warning his contact. When a sudden illness prevents him from delivering a lifesaving dispatch, he pleads for her help. By morning, hunger and exhaustion lead her deeper into danger and struggling to survive.