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|Format:||Paperback, 471 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 July 2011|
Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine's diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession.
About the Author
Jennifer Donnelly is the author of two adult novels, The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose, as well as the young adult novel A Northern Light, winner of Britain's prestigious Carnegie Medal, the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Award. She lives and writes full-time in upstate New York. You can visit her at www.jenniferdonnelly.com.
"From the Hardcover edition."
WINNER - 2011 Young Adult Book of the Year - American Booksellers Association
"Andi Alpers, a 17-year-old music lover, is about to be expelled from her elite private school. Despite her brilliance, she has not been able to focus on anything except music since the death of her younger brother, which pushed the difficulties in her family to the breaking point. She resists accompanying her work-obsessed father to Paris, especially after he places her mentally fragile mother in a hospital, but once there works in earnest on her senior thesis about an 18th-century French musician. But when she finds the 200-year-old diary of another teen, Alexandrine Paradis, she is plunged into the chaos of the French Revolution. Soon, Alex's life and struggles become as real and as painful for Andi as her own troubled life. Printz Honor winner Donnelly combines compelling historical fiction with a frank contemporary story. Andi is brilliantly realized, complete and complex. The novel is rich with detail, and both the Brooklyn and Paris settings provide important grounding for the haunting and beautifully told story."
"Every detail is meticulously inscribed into a multi-layered narrative that is as wise, honest, and moving as it is cunningly worked...The interplay between the contemporary and the historical is seamless in both plot and theme, and the storytelling grips hard and doesn't let go. Readers fascinated with French history, the power of music, and/or contemporary realist fiction will find this brilliantly crafted work utterly absorbing."
-TheBulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred
"Andi Alpers's younger brother died two years ago and his death has torn her family apart. She's on antidepressants and is about to flunk out of her prep school. Her mother spends all day painting portraits of her lost son and her father has all but disappeared, focusing on his Nobel Prize-winning genetics work. He reappears suddenl
Andi's father demands that she accompany him to Paris to work on her senior thesis about a French musician. While doing research, she discovers a diary written by Alexandrine Paradis, her 18th-century counterpart, about the terrors of living through the French Revolution. Combining contemporary teen problems with history and a dash of romance and time travel, Jennifer Donnelly's novel (Delacorte, 2010) is perfect for the audiobook format. Emily Card's portrayal of Andi has just the right amount of anguish, angst, and attitude. And Emma Bering gives Alexandrine a perfect French accent. A 2011 Odyssey Award Honor winner. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Dimensions: ||20.8 x 14.17 x 2.84 centimeters (0.42 kg)|