The Girl of Newgate Prison

By David Starr

The Girl of Newgate Prison
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A young reader novel about Libby, who is thrown into Newgate Prison in the early years of the 19th century and is sentenced to hang. In this young reader novel set at the beginning of the 19th century, Libby is placed in chains and transported to London's notorious Newgate Prison ... Read more


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A young reader novel about Libby, who is thrown into Newgate Prison in the early years of the 19th century and is sentenced to hang. In this young reader novel set at the beginning of the 19th century, Libby is placed in chains and transported to London's notorious Newgate Prison after which, in a show trial, she is found guilty of helping her brother escape justice for attacking a Peer of the Realm after he beat her. Her punishment? Death by hanging. But while living in the horrific conditions of Newgate Prison, she is befriended by Elizabeth Fry, a woman who is famous for her work with English prisoners. For reasons Libby doesn't understand she is spared the noose and is imprisoned in a rotten prison ship on the River Thames, where she waits to be transported to Australia. With the help of a new friend, Libby escapes the ship and makes her way to Elizabeth Fry. It is then Libby must make the hardest decision of her life. Does she escape from England or does she risk her life to testify in court about the horrific conditions that women endure in England's prisons? Will Libby choose to flee to safety, or will she find the courage to seek justice for herself and the unfortunate victims locked in England's grim prisons?

David Starr

DAVID STARR is a prize-winning author of four previous books. In his previous novel, The Nor'Wester, he told Duncan's story of joining the North West Company and being sent to join Simon Fraser on his epic 1808 voyage by canoe down the Fraser to the Pacific. David Starr is a high school principal who lives in Coquitlam, B.C. Visit www.davidstarr.org.

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