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The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Nov 15, 10

bookshelves: childrens-book, historical-fiction, chick-picks, 3-5
Read from October 29 to November 11, 2010

Dim lighting, a demanding grandmother, tiny stitches, a tired back and fingers. This is the life of eleve-year-old old Isabelle. She lives in the time leading of up the French Revolution and is suddenly plucked from her life of hard work and thrown into the lap of luxury. She is rescued, by Marie Antoinette, from being trampled in a crowd and Isabelle becomes playmate to a princess. She is given new clothes, a new name and all the food she can eat, but what of her family living in near poverty without her help with the family lace-making business? Then Isabelle begins to hear whispers that all is not well with France, the people are unhappy with their King and the royal family. Will her position as the princess’s closest friend put her and her family in harm’s way? Which side is right, she loves and understands the princess but her family is starving, is that how the royal family should care for their people? This story is based upon the true friendship between the princess and a commoner; many events are true to history. This story is a fine introduction into an intriguing time period and an enjoyable read.
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11/04/2010 page 106
51.0% "I am really enjoying this book. It gives a picture of what life at Versallis was like and Isabelles character is so real, she is torn between what she knows of her life and the life she sees at the palace. She is confused as to shich side she believes when she hears of the Revolution. Can't wait to see where she ends up."

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