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The internationally-recognized, award-winning book, “True Brit — Beatrice, 1940,” written by Santa Fe author Rosemary Zibart and illustrated by Santa Fe artist George Lawrence, has been named a finalist in two categories of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards.
“True Brit” is a finalist in the Young Adult and Historical Fiction categories. The book has previously received a Gold Award for Historical Fiction from Mom’s Choice Awards and was a finalist in the 2011 London Book Awards.
In “True Brit,” a spoiled English girl, Beatrice Sims, comes to Santa Fe to live with practical, hard-working nurse Clementine Pope.
At first, the 12-year-old hates the dusty little town. But soon Beatrice makes friends with goofy Arabella, develops a crush on handsome Esteban and aids Ana, a shy Indian girl. First accused of being “faceta” — stuck up, Beatrice learns to change tires, ride wild ponies and helps Clem rescue a sick baby on an Indian pueblo.
The inspiration for the story came 15 years ago when Zibart was reading the New Mexican newspaper. She noticed in the “50 Years Ago Today” column, a snippet of news about four English girls arriving in Santa Fe.
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