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Book Release for Anne Blankman's

Join us as we celebrate the release Anne Blankman's new young adult novel TRAITOR ANGELS.

Six years have passed since King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the English throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.

Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except at her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.

Until one night the king’s men arrive at her family’s house to arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Viviani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist who surprises her at every turn.

When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost—a secret the king and his supporters are desperate to conceal—Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.

Anne Blankman has lived in New York, Maine, and England, and today she calls Richmond, VA home. A longtime reader of children’s literature, Anne worked for several years as a youth services librarian before turning to writing full-time. Her first novel, Prisoner of Night and Fog, was named a “Flying Start” by Publishers Weekly and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book by the Association of Jewish Libraries, and has appeared on several state lists. The sequel, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a VOYA Perfect Ten. Her forthcoming historical adventure, Traitor Angels, was described as “a mystery that, if solved, could turn the world upside down” in a starred review from Kirkus. Anne loves hearing from readers, and you can visit her online at

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