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Cavallaro, Brittany

Entry updated 2 January 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1986-    ) US poet and author whose Girl-King (coll of linked poems 2015 chap) effectively comprises a book-length narrative whose young female subjects interweave their life-stories, a mosaic of careers in living that often engages in the fantastic; Unhistorical (coll 2019 chap) contains an apocryphal narrative featuring Sherlock Holmes and Watson in Scotland. Her Young Adult Charlotte Holmes sequence beginning with A Study in Charlotte (2016) features the adventures of a descendant of Holmes, who inherits his acumen; the tales reach toward the fantastic as elaborate plots involving a villain named Moriarty begin to dominate the series.

Cavallaro is of some sf interest for the Muse sequence beginning with Muse (2021), a Young Adult series set in an Equipoisal Alternate History version of late nineteenth century monarchical America whose Jonbar Point – only partially explicative in that it does not explain the absence in the text of Native Americans or Slavery as a whole – seems to be the 1782 ascension of George Washington to the throne of the newly created First American Kingdom. At the 1893 World's Fair, depicted in Steampunk terms, the young protagonist's abusively controlling inventor father (see Inventions) unveils a Weapon created, he believes, partly through her paranormal powers, which include the granting of wishes. Nikola Tesla and other like figures are in evidence. The current King Washington and his Baseball team complicate matters in Manifest (2023). [JC]

Brittany Cavallaro

born Springfield, Illinois: 1986



Charlotte Holmes

  • A Study in Charlotte (New York: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2016) [Charlotte Holmes: pb/]
  • A Last of August (New York: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2018) [Charlotte Holmes: pb/]
  • The Case for Jamie (New York: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2019) [Charlotte Holmes: pb/]
  • A Question of Holmes (New York: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2020) [Charlotte Holmes: pb/]


  • Muse (New York: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2021) [Muse: hb/]
  • Manifest (New York: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 20233) [Muse: hb/]

collections and stories

  • Girl-King (Akron, Ohio: The University of Akron Press, 2015) [poetry: coll of linked poems: chap: hb/Lauren McAndrews]
  • Unhistorical (Akron, Ohio: The University of Akron Press, 2019) [poetry: coll: chap: hb/Amy Freels]


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