Queen of Us All
Kevin O'Malley, author
As soon as Lily Harrison makes her way into the world, her nursemaid, Shannon, notices something is different about the beautiful baby. After she hands Lily to her happy parents, Shannon wrestles with how to tell them that Lily has Child Mind, a disability that is not accepted in her land ruled by a king determined to kill any baby born with a handicap. After Shannon reveals Lily’s condition to her parents, they must decide whether to secretly care for her or send her to the king where she will almost certainly meet her demise. Shannon, who is certain Lily is going to do something special in her life, is relieved when Lily’s parents decide to care for her until she is two and then tell the authorities she has died in a horrible accident, before sending her away to live in an Elven monastery. But when they discover the authorities are closing in sooner than expected, they must immediately put their plan into place. But little do they know that sometimes even the best plans do not go as expected. In this captivating tale, a special little girl who embarks on an adventurous quest to live is eventually led to a final showdown with a king—and to her true destiny.