Anne Broyles, a former Malibu resident, has just published Priscilla & the Hollyhocks and we're thrilled to welcome her back for a celebration party.
Priscilla is only four years old when her mother is sold to another master. All Priscilla has to remember her mother by are the hollyhocks she planted by the cow pond. At age ten, Priscilla is sold to a Cherokee family and continues her life as a slave. She keeps hope for a better life alive by planting hollyhocks wherever she goes. At last, her forced march along the Trail of Tears brings a chance encounter that leads to her freedom. This lovely picture book is based upon a true story and includes an author's note with more details about this fascinating true story as well as instructions for making hollyhock dolls.
"Priscilla and the Hollyhocks tells a story too often ignored or overlooked — a story of how the west was not won but captured. Reading about Priscilla's remarkable life makes all our hearts a bit warmer while filling our heads with a much-needed piece of American history."
— Nikki Giovanni, poet (booksense)