Matty Trescott is the heroine of a series of books for young adults. We began the series with Matty’s War, the adventures of a sixteen year old girl in the American Civil War. Next came the prequel to Matty’s War, a book titled Blue Creek Farm, which told about Matty’s growing up in Kansas before the War. We followed Matty to medical school in Boston in the sequel, Ring Out Wild Bells, and then back to Kansas where she became a doctor in The Town on Rambling Creek. Matty’s cousin, Neely, plays an important role in several of these books and so we gave her a book of her own, Under the Open Sky. Matty’s brother Henry, who is featured in Blue Creek Farm and Town on Rambling Creek, also got his own book, Riding by Starlight.