Author Bio: Ruth Tenzer Feldman is the author of Blue Thread, winner of the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Blue Thread was also nominated for a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award and selected for the Amelia Bloomer Project's annual list of feminist literature for young women. In addition, Ruth has written several nonfiction books for children and young adults, including The Fall of Constantinople, Thurgood Marshall, Don’t Whistle in School: The History of America’s Public Schools, and How Congress Works. She holds degrees in both law and international relations and has spent time working as a legislative attorney for the US Department of Education. An active member of local Jewish organizations and historical societies, Ruth is currently a full-time author and resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and dog. For more information, visit her website at www.ruthtenzerfeldman.com. Back Cover Copy: It is 1964, and the Free Speech Movement is picking up steam in Berkeley, Califonia. Sixteen-year-old Hope would love to join the protest, but her stutter keeps her from taking part. The only way her words come freely is through song; singing gives Hope a way to truly express herself, and she looks forward to a choral competition that could grant her a college scholarship. A devastating incident on Halloween, however, shakes her parents' trust in her and may keep her from competing. Feeling trapped and voiceless, she is visited by the mysterious Serakh, who desperately needs Hope's help. By means of a mystical prayer shawl passed down through her family, Hope travels back in time to eleventh-century France, where she must solve a mystery in only nine days to prevent the death of an innocent child. In order to change the past and secure her future, she must overcome her fears and find her voice—but will she be able to summon the courage to speak in time? The Ninth Day is a companion novel to Blue Thread, winner of the 2013 Oregon Book Award in Young Adult Literature.