Passion Blue
A novel of art, astrology, and romance
Skyscape (Amazon Children's Publishing)

* A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012 *

A rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion.
Kirkus (starred review)

Compelling…absorbing…An intriguing historical novel inspired by accounts of women artists in the Italian Renaissance.

Giulia’s soul-searching, a budding first love, fragile friendships, the introduction of several villains, deception, and harrowing escapes work to create a compelling story that is hard to put down.
Children’s Literature

[A] thoughtful and engrossing exploration of what true “freedom” might have meant for a woman with talent and ambition in sixteenth-century Italy.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

I don’t just like Passion Blue, I LOVE it! I simply galloped through it.
Jane Yolen, author of The Devil’s Arithmetic

Strauss combines the spiritual with a hint of the supernatural to tell a story about a girl’s journey to both freedom and passion. A lovely read.
Megan Whalen Turner, author of The Queen's Thief series

A glimpse of 15th century Italian life as sure-handed and brilliantly illuminated as the work of a Renaissance master.
Meredith Ann Pierce, author of the Darkangel trilogy

An elegant retelling of that old, crucial story of finding one’s place in the world, set against a vivid evocation of the Italian Renaissance.
Robin McKinley, author of Beauty


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Preview Color Song, the followup to Passion Blue – coming September 16, 2014 from Skyscape.

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Color Song

Book bloggers: Color Song is available on NetGalley.