Written by an award-winning author, Storyteller is the lovely story of two girls who have uneasy relationships with their fathers, but who ultimately discover inner strength and self-confidence. It is a quick read that alternates between modern day and the early days of the Revolutionary War. There is a nice dash of history that is more interesting because it is told from a young girl's point of view. Zee feels clumsy and inadequate in her family during their lives as farmers, but when she finds herself alone at the start of the war, she discovers that bravery and determination have been with her all along. Similarly, Elizabeth is quiet and insecure until she is forced into a living situation she didn't ask for. She discovers a portrait of her distant relative Zee, and the more she learns about Zee, the more she learns about herself and her previously untapped talents. There are nice lessons about embracing your strong suits, whatever they may be.