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When searching out a history, sifting through a thousand facts and ten thousand lives, one often uncovers pieces that do not fit.

Friar Arnaut, in Lovely War

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The Passion of Dolssa

ISBN- Hardcover: 978-0451469922 | ISBN Paperback: 978-0147512963

A Printz Honor title

Medieval France: Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too. Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas. Their lives collide when Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and agrees to conceal her in the tavern.


Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers.  But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon Bajas, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village.



"Irresistibly compelling…[Berry conveys] complex historical and religious matters fluently and accessibly for today’s readers.” Horn Book, starred review

"Berry again delivers an utterly original and instantly engrossing story…she weaves a tense, moving portrait of these two teenage girls and their struggle to survive against insurmountable odds.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An expertly crafted piece of historical fiction.” School Library Journal, starred review

"Gorgeous and evocative ... magnificent."  The New York Times Book Review.

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