Title: Great Uncle Gutenberg
Genre: Upper MG Historical Fiction
Twelve-year-old Elsa Humbrecht must decide what her great-uncle Johann
Gutenberg's priceless invention of moveable type is worth to her when
a moneylender threatens to shut down Gutenberg's printing workshop.
Chapter 1 – August 26, 1452
I looked backwards for a long time as we drove out of Frankfurt. First
my father and little sister vanished as the cart rounded a corner. My
younger brothers ran behind the cart for a while until they were too
tired to follow. We drove through the bumpy, winding city streets
until we reached the city walls. I watched as Frankfurt became a gray
mist of spires that finally faded into clouds. When there was nothing
left to see behind us, I turned around to face the road ahead.
The sun climbed higher in the sky. It struggled to shine through the
clouds that had been hanging over the countryside for nearly a week.
The longer we were on the road, the stronger the light became, until
it broke through the seams of the clouds and made sweeping shadows
cross our path.
“I knew we’d have good traveling weather,” Lorenz said from his seat
next to me in the cart. “There’s nothing worse than trying to drive
these carts in a rainstorm.”
At that moment, I wished for rain because it would have hidden the
tears that I was trying my best to hold back. It would do no good to
cry and Lorenz would think I was an infant, not a grown girl of
twelve. I needed to be strong to make my family proud.