Eleven-year-old Isabelle is a lacemaker in the town of Versailles. After a chance encounter with Queen Marie Antoinette as she makes a delivery to the palace, Isabelle finds herself appointed official companion to the queen's daughter and thrust into a world of luxury. But the year is 1789, and the city is rife with whispers of revolution. There ...
Eleven-year-old Isabelle is a lacemaker in the town of Versailles. After a chance encounter with Queen Marie Antoinette as she makes a delivery to the palace, Isabelle finds herself appointed official companion to the queen's daughter and thrust into a world of luxury. But the year is 1789, and the city is rife with whispers of revolution. There are rumours of starvation in the countryside, and unrest is widespread. Soon Isabelle will have to choose sides. But whose side is she on? Either way, she will have to betray those she cares about most...Set amid the chaos of the French Revolution, this is a vivid portrait of life inside the palace of Versailles, and a touching tale of two friends divided by class.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-06-04 Bradley (For Freedom) gives readers a glimpse of the overwhelming poverty the French people suffered before the French Revolution and juxtaposes it with the luxuries enjoyed by their royals. Eleven-year-old Isabelle lives with her mother and grand-mere in poverty, eking out a meager living by making lace; her older brother, George, supplies a few coins from his job as a palace stable hand. One day, Isabelle delivers a piece of lace intended for the Princess of Lamballe and literally runs into Queen Marie Antoinette. She is introduced to Princess Therese, who desires Isabelle to be her playmate, thus beginning a somewhat odd friendship and Isabelle's dual life. In the morning she helps her mother and grand-mere make lace; in the afternoon she lives a fairy-tale life. As Isabelle becomes more involved with palace life, George forces her to see the growing unrest caused by the king and queen's lavish spending and scant regard for the peasants. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy the numerous details about Louis, Marie Antoinette and Versailles that are neatly woven into the story and will be further be drawn into Isabelle's adventure as she flees the palace as it is attacked by angry peasants, thus ushering in the French Revolution. Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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