Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Lacemaker and the Princess

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ISBN 9781416919209

Young adult historical fiction

Isabelle is a tradesperson lacemaker in France just before the Revolution. She becomes friends with the princess and has to face her ideas about fairness, revolutions, and freedom.

I thought this book taught a lot about the French Revolution and was an intriguing story with suspense and beauty. At times the fact-presenting seemed a little overt to me, like having the girl talk about how she did enjoy being flea-free while at the palace but disliked being flea-ridden at home. I know there were differences between the classes but some of it felt forced. On the other hand this was a fairly tame introduction into class struggles and French history.

Recommended for 10 year olds and up

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