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The Staircase

(2000)
(A book in the Great Episodes series)
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"'This one is wise,' he said.' This one has an old spirit. She has been among us before.'" Though the Arapaho Indian on the trail praised her old spirit, 14-year-old Lizzy Enders feels anything but wise. Within only a few days, she has lost her mother to the fever, been left by her widowed father at a convent, and thrust into the strange world of the Academy of Our Lady of Light in 1870s Santa Fe. Born a Methodist, Lizzy just can't comprehend Catholicism: "All this talk of blood and martyrdom and eating flesh and agony. It was just all too much, is all." In an attempt to alleviate her misery, Lizzy befriends an unemployed elderly carpenter and suggests he be hired to build the missing staircase for the convent's new chapel. The other girls at the academy are furious, since they have been praying for a miracle to complete the stairs, not an old beggar. Can she convince them that this aged man, with his real tools, is better than an ephemeral miracle? What Lizzy has to discover for herself is that sometimes miracles come disguised in nun's habits... or carpenter's sandals.

Based on a legend of a real chapel stairway in Santa Fe, The Staircase is a lively historical fiction that successfully merges myth, religion, and old-fashioned pioneer sensibility. Lizzy's need to make order of her chaotic world and define the unknown are timeless teen traits, making The Staircase a historical novel with real relevance for today's adolescent. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert


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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Staircase (Great Episodes)
Author(s): Ann Rinaldi
ISBN: 1-4352-6442-8 / 978-1-4352-6442-7 (USA edition)
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June 2002 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Staircase (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Great Episodes (Prebound))
Author(s): Ann Rinaldi
ISBN: 0-613-59929-2 / 978-0-613-59929-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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June 2002 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Staircase (Great Episodes (Pb))
Author(s): Ann Rinaldi
ISBN: 0-7569-1092-7 / 978-0-7569-1092-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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September 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Staircase
Author(s): Ann Rinaldi
ISBN: 0-15-202430-1 / 978-0-15-202430-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gulliver Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2002 : USA Paperback

Title: Staircase
Author(s): Ann Rinaldi
ISBN: 0-606-24495-6 / 978-0-606-24495-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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June 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Staircase
Author(s): Ann Rinaldi
ISBN: 0-15-216788-9 / 978-0-15-216788-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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Kindle Editions

June 2002 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Staircase (Great Episodes)
Author(s): Ann Rinaldi
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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