Olivia Waite is a romance author, practicing feminist, and wide-ranging dilettante.
I really, really wish they had been able to write this book outside of the young adult framework. I am hungry for references, sources, citations, and footnotes. The streamlining necessary for a younger audience feels unfortunately reductive here, which is a great loss. Still, if you're looking for ways to diversify your historical fiction, there are several improbable potential heroes and heroines to be found here, as well as a nice slice of history that is criminally overlooked.