Yvonne Beverly Blake
Phoebe has a soft heart for homeless creatures - crippled kittens, hungry birds, and runty chicks. As she young teen, she is torn between the freedom of childhood and the finer things of being a lady. Phoebe finds her inner strengths while helping a runaway slave escape up the Erie Canal.
Going Home with Phoebe
Phoebe, growing up in a small village of New York, finds that the transition from childhood to adulthood is a bumpy road. She discovers that life is filled with hunger, greed, and hate, but also full of elegance and beauty. Like most young people, Phoebe battles contrary emotions and self-doubts, but when it matters most, she finds an inner source of strength and confidence.