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General Information

Name:  Courtney McKinney-Whitaker  

Pen Name: Tara Courtney McKinney-Whitaker

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: in Greenville, South Carolina

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McKinney-Whitaker currently lives in Peoria, Illinois. She graduated with a Master's in English from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Courtney McKinney-Whitaker holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of South Carolina Honors College, a master's of library and information science from the University of South Carolina, and a master's in English from Illinois State University. She lives in Illinois with her family.Along with the book she has published, she also edited the book, ''Eunice: A Tale of Reconstruction Times in South Carolina''.

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The last sister :
ISBN: 9781611174298. OCLC Number: 890723262

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In 1759, after a band of fellow settlers fakes a Cherokee raid to conceal the murder of her family, seventeen-year-old Catriona Catie Blair embarks on a journey across rural South Carolina and through Cherokee territory to report the crime and bring the murderers to justice, while desperately seeking to regain her own sense of safety.