“Patient and sophisticated readers will find the story compelling and deeply moving and its heroine unforgettable.”–Kirkus Reviews, (starred)

“A unique historical fiction title with a compelling plot and unique backdrop, taking place during a little-known skirmish in a pivotal time of American history.”–School Library Journal

“McKinney-Whitaker’s gripping tale may startle readers with its brutal events, but it offers well-rendered characters, nuanced treatment of Native and colonial viewpoints, and an especially affecting look at a young woman’s power in the face of catastrophe.” –Booklist Online


The Last Sister cover Welcome to my website! I am the author of The Last Sister, an award-winning YA historical novel set in 1759-1760 during the Anglo-Cherokee War, a conflict between the British colony of South Carolina and the Cherokee Nation in which tensions between the Cherokee, (mostly) Scots-Irish settlers, and British troops exploded across the South Carolina backcountry. No matter who you were, if you were alone, you were dead already. I’m not exaggerating.

After a band of fellow settlers fakes a Cherokee raid to conceal their murder of her family, settler Catie Blair must find a way to survive the mountains and bring the killers to justice. Also, there are cute boys because it’s the eighteenth century, and who isn’t cute in breeches and a ponytail? And other people aren’t the only thing standing between Catie and her goal…but now I really am giving too much away.

Please hang out and check out the rest of the website. Find out more about me, learn about my other projects, enjoy some cool links, and find out what I’m up to!

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In the meantime, check out this interview I did with Peoria Public Library about writing, history, and The Last Sister.

Reader and Writer of Children's and Young Adult Literature