Amy Trueblood / Amy True

Across A Broken Shore

Young Adult Historical Fiction

About the Book

From the author of Nothing But Sky comes a sweeping Young Adult Historical tale set against the backdrop of 1930s San Francisco as it digs its way out of the Depression and pins its hopes on the new bridge being built over the Golden Gate.

The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It’s 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish–Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows—but Willa’s found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

Keeping secrets from her family only becomes more complicated when Willa agrees to help the doctor at a field hospital near the new bridge being built over the Golden Gate. Willa thinks she can handle her new chaotic life, but as she draws closer to a dashing young ironworker and risks grow at the bridge, she discovers that hiding from what she truly wants may be her biggest lie of all.

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““Trueblood expertly portrays life in Depression-era San Francisco through the eyes of a young woman. She provides vivid detail of the protagonist’s actions and the settings, including the building of the Golden Gate Bridge.”

– School Library Journal

“The history of the bridge, women in medicine, and family life will have great appeal.”

– Booklist

“Across a Broken Shore is an effective historical fiction novel that’s impossible not to get drawn into.”

– Hypable

“Across a Broken Shore was a heartbreaking, beautiful, and timely story about a young woman having to decide between family expectations and her dreams.”

– Nerd Daily

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 Gold Medal Winner for Historical Fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • 2020 Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Historical Fiction in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
  • American Library Association’s 2020 Rise Project Pick for Best Feminist Books in Children’s Literature
  • 2019 Winter Junior Library Guild Selection

The Details

Published: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Flux
Formats: EbookPaperback
ISBN-10: 1635830427ISBN-13: 978-1635830422ASIN: B07Z6FN538
Genres & Tropes
Historical Fiction, Strong Heroine, Young Adult, YA