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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Resourceful fourteen-year-old Odette is on the move again, traveling as a stowaway on a cheese cart with her hapless mother, Anneline. They are in Burgundy, France, in 1799, fleeing yet another calamity caused by Anneline (who is prone to killing people accidentally). At dawn they find themselves in a town called Nevers, which is filled with eccentric characters, including ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Orca Book Publishers
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Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun and fanciful read! While at heart a story about 14 year old Odette's search for a permanent place to call home, a colorful cast of characters help to tell the tale, including a man who wishes he was a chicken and a donkey who speaks Latin...but only after dark. While aimed at the 9-12 year old age group, I enjoyed this book as an adult much (ahem) older than that.
Beth Cato
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy via NetGalley.

This middle grade book brings to life the town of Nevers in the years soon after the French Revolution and follows the adventure of Odette, a serious girl who must act the adult as she looks after her flighty mother. Odette stumbles from a hidden place in a cheese cart and into Nevers with its closed pottery factory and a strange dancing donkey who bellows in a Latin after dark. The girl yearns for a stable home for herself and her mother, and in Nevers,
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful. I read this in one sitting, and loved every minute of it. The story is fresh, playful and modern simultaneously with taking place in the late 1700s, so don't expect historical authenticity, but to me the twists were wonderful and welcome. Light, as expected from an middle reader, but compelling and sweet. ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Orca Books and NetGalley for an eARC of this book.

A fun read with lots of eccentric characters, Nevers by Sara Cassidy is an enjoyable historical fiction book that focuses on a small community in France in 1799. There is a lot of humor, and a touch of magic that keeps the reader engaged right until the end. I love the small town atmosphere, and watching Odette find a place for herself in Nevers.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Orca Book Publishers through NetGalley.
Delightful cross between historical fiction and magic. Set in 1799 in a small town in France following the Revolution.
Odette and her mother, Annalise, find yet another town to live in after her mother causes the accidental death of yet another person. Nevers welcomes them and feels like a place they will fit in.
Cassidy stays true to the period in her descriptions and weaves fantasy throughout - Latin speaking donkey, coinc
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Half historical fiction, half fairy tale. LGBTQ friendly with intersexuality mentioned and a gay character. Charming.
During the time of the French Revolution, Odette, 14, scurries from town to town after Anneline, her beautiful, but ditsy mother accidentally causes the death of numerous husbands. Now, they've ended up in Nevers....a strange little town with quirky characters, both human and animal. With a new friend, Nicois, Odette uncovers a secret which will have some consequences for these odd townspeople.

In Nevers, there is a male donkey, Anne, who brays loudly only at night and speaks Latin, but only to
Jenna Vahue
Aug 26, 2019 marked it as abandoned
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quirky little story with eccentric characters. Fairytale-ish with a bit of a mystery build in. 6th grade up should find this tale amusing as a summer or any spare moment read.
I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Cheriee Weichel
I wasn't sure about this book at first. I read the prologue and first bit to a group of grade 5/6's. Only one of the eight of them wanted me to continue. After I read a bit more by myself, I couldn't put it down.
The story is set in post revolutionary France. Fourteen year old Odette looks after her helpless mother, Annaline, who seems to be a curse for her husbands. All five or six of them have died in bizarre accidents. After fleeing from a recent disaster they end up in the town of Nevers whe
Sandra Stiles
I actually finished this book back in February but never got around to writing the review.
This was a fun and funny book. I would say this is perfect for upper elementary and lower middle school. However, as an adult I found this a pleasure to read.
Odette is a young girl who must take care of her mother Annalise. Annalise seems to have a habit of accidently killing people. They have come into the small French town of Nevers. All Odette wants is to find a place they cans stay and call home and to
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Unsure in beginning, due to a slow start, the books weave history and fairytale into a neat little bundle, that is sure not to lose the interest of its young readers.
The author's note is a nice touch, to her inspiration, and to the history of France.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
The curse plot and the ‘Odette’s new home’ plot share equal footing but aren’t evenly distributed. We learn shortly in that the donkey, Anne, is braying laments in Latin but it’s 2/3rds through the book before Odette has anything to do with his plight. And for some reason the author chose to not have Anne respond to Odette when she tries to speak back, so either her Latin is worse that we’re led to believe, Anne is too morose to acknowledge his possible salvation, or Sara Cassidy was really goin ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, hackmatack
This title is nominated for the 2021 Hackmatack Award in the English Fiction category. Set towards the end of eighteenth century France, but I would say it leans more towards fairy tale than historical fiction. At the beginning we meet Odette, a girl of fourteen who is traveling with her mother Anneline. They have arrived in the town of Nevers, France after hitching a ride on a cheese cart. We learn quickly that Anneline isn't exactly your typical mother, and that disaster seems to trail her whe ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
Odette is on the run again with her accident-causing mother, Anneline. Anneline has a tendency to bring on death to people she gets involved with (7 husbands to be exact). They come to a town called Nevers and start to settle in.
The town is filled with eccentric characters: a man who obsessively smells hands, a piglet who takes over mothering a chick, a donkey who brays loudly at night speaking in Latin, etc. While Odette seems to feel a sense of wanting to feel secure, Anneline is seeking a bo
Susan Hassman
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I received Sara Cassidy's “Nevers” as an advance reading copy through Library Thing.
This book is a light fantasy set in France soon after the Reign of Terror. It is centered on fourteen year old Odette and her mother, Anneline. The two are constantly on the run because Anneline has the unfortunate habit of marrying often, then accidentally killing her husbands. They are also on a quest for a mysterious treasure that may save them from poverty.
As this book opens, Odette and Anneline arrive in the
Diana Burton
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't be put off by the description of this book. It may seem dark, but it was engaging and a likable story. Those looking for interesting characters and a grand read, I recommend this story. It was a quick read and moved along swiftly. Would recommend the book for middle school students who may be reluctant to read.

I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley in return for my honest review.
Gabriele Goldstone
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
While I appreciated the setting and the cleverness of the book's prologue and epilogue (basically the book's punchline), I struggled with this. The plot dragged and I had no connection to the characters. Some great description and brilliant playfulness with language, but it felt disjointed and less than appropriate for its intended middle-grade audience. Love the cover. ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Don't be put off by the description of this book. It may seem dark, but it was engaging and a likable story. Those looking for interesting characters and a grand read, I recommend this story. It was a quick read and moved along swiftly.

I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley in return for my honest review.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice story, full of interesting characters with interesting "gifts". Moves slow to begin with but contains good character development. I like the setting and the author's explanations at the end and how she was inspired to write. I also agree with the age level recommendation. Thanks for writing this, it was a fun read. ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I struggle on how to rate this book. As an adult, I enjoyed it. However, there are a lot of grown-up themes which makes me hesitant to recommend it to a grade school reader.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book, which I voluntarily chose to review.
Delightfully strange and queer in a great way! A good but much quicker read alike for The Inquisitors Tale.
Liz Rachel Walker
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story! Beautiful language and images, well-drawn characters, an imaginative world, and a touch of humour throughout. I loved reading it. (Also an awesome cover.)
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of pieces that all fit together neatly at the end, but with some interesting twists along the way.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A darling little book with interesting, unique, and well-rounded characters. The plot isn't much to go on, but the characters are so charming I almost don't mind. ...more
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Nevers by Sara Cassidy is set in Nevers, France a few years after the revolution. Odette and her mother arrive by cheese cart, escaping from another disastrous marriage. Both want a permanent home, but so far they haven't had any luck.

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