Keturah And Lord Death

Keturah and Lord Death Martine Leavitt
Front Street, Boyds Mills Press, Inc.: 2006.



978-1-932425-29-1 / 214pgs


After following a hart into the woods bordering her town, Keturah is faced with Death. Too young to die, she is given the opportunity to trade one life for hers. Kind at heart and unwilling to made such a trade, she instead charms Lord Death with a story of a girl seeking her own true love — but the story has no ending. So Lord Death makes a bargain with her: she has one more day of freedom to find her love; if she doesn't, she must return to him and become his bride. Thus begins Keturah's search for her one true love and the salvation of her beloved town.


Keturah Reeve — girl known for her storytelling, turned 16 on the day she got lost in the forest
Lord Death
Gretta — Keturah's friend, seamstress
Beatrice — Keturah's friend, enjoys singing
Choirmaster — richest bachelor in town, kind
Tailor — village tailor, known for his perfect stitches, has children
Ben Marshall — has the best gardens in the village, tall, loves food
John Temsland — son of the Lord who governs the town


Small village of Tide-by-Rood — the poorest village in the poorest corner of the kingdom.

Intro Quotation

"Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality"
—from "The Chariot" by Emily Dickinson

Prequels, Sequels, Companion Books

Awards & Honors

National Book Award Finalist
Best of the Best Books List produced by the Chicago Public Library
Winner of the Bronze Award in YA Fiction from ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year

LC Cataloging Info

Summary: When sixteen-year-old Keturah follows a legendary hart into Lord Temsland's forest she becomes lost, and eventually Lord Death comes to claim her, but when she is able to charm him with her story, she gains a reprieve of twenty-four hours, if she can find her one true love.

{1. Death — Fiction. 2. Interpersonal Relations — Fiction. 3. Love — Fiction. 4. Grandmothers — Fiction.}

Offsite Pages

Martine Leavitt's Site
National Book Foundation
Front Street Books Page


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