Ella Wood Trilogy

Civil War Historical Fiction
Young Adult

Nominated for a 2016 Cybils award (Blood Moon).

Ella Wood coverElla Wood

Though she left Charleston a spoiled daughter of the South, Emily returns from her stay in the North a changed young woman. Her assumptions about slavery have been shattered, and her secret dream of attending university has blossomed into fierce ambition. As the passions sweeping North and South toward war threaten to envelop the city she loves, Emily must battle her father’s traditional expectations in her own bid for freedom. Meanwhile, the real fight may lie within her heart, which stubbornly refuses to accept that a choice for independence must be a choice against love.

The Ella Wood trilogy follows the story begun in The Candle Star (middle grade), though you need not read Candle Star to enjoy Ella Wood. Parents, please note that Ella Wood has been bumped into the young adult genre. Emily is now sixteen, standing at the edge of war and struggling with questions of morality, purpose, and love. Slavery, dealt with so carefully in the series for young readers, is shown in a much harsher light, and some themes are adult in nature. A “clean” read, Ella Wood is nevertheless intended for an audience of some maturity.

  • For a pictorial representation of many of the historical characters and places mentioned in Ella Wood, visit the Ella Wood Pinterest board.
  • Get a behind the scenes look at some of the fascinating research that went into Ella Wood.



blood moonBlood Moon

Charleston lies in ruins and so, it seems, does Emily’s future. She has sacrificed everything for a chance to attend university—her family, her home, even her relationship with Thaddeus Black. But without her father’s blessing, how will she afford tuition? With hostilities raging between North and South, how will she gain acceptance at a school in the Union? She’s lost so much already. What will the war claim next? In the midst of such uncertainty, Emily finds that hope can rise from ashes, determination grows with adversity, and love can take root in even the most stubborn of hearts.

  • For a pictorial representation of many of the historical characters and places mentioned in Blood Moon, visit the Blood Moon Pinterest board.
  • Get a behind the scenes look at some of the fascinating research that went into Blood Moon.



Ebb Tide cover 3Ebb Tide

The final book in the Ella Wood trilogy is currently in production and scheduled to be released Spring 2017.

Catch a sneak peek at the people, places, and events that will feature in Ebb Tide by visiting the Ebb Tide Pinterest Page.

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