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Terror and treachery in the shadow of the guillotine.

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Patricia Elliott was born in London, but grew up in Europe and the Far East. A voracious reader since childhood 'where she had the resources of ten different school libraries', she also made up ghost stories to scare her friends! As an adult, she worked in publishing in London and in a children's bookshop in New York. She has taught a course in children's literature at an adult education college, and is writing further novels. She lives in Suffolk with her husband, in an old vicarage behind a church. Her first book, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a first novel, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the West Sussex award. Her second novel, Murkmere, was longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.


'Exciting and unpredictable... You won't be able to put it down. History has never been so fun!' (The Pale Assassin) - Bliss magazine, July 2009'An involving and well-researched novel' (The Pale Assassin) - Write Away website'a dramatic romantic thriller' (The Pale Assassin) - Lovereading4kids websiteTeenagers will find it exciting. - School Librarian

Gr 8 Up-In this sequel to The Pale Assassin (Holiday House, 2009), aristocratic teenager Eugenie de Boncoeur arrives safely in England after fleeing the horrors of the French Revolution. She is quickly assimilated into upper-class British life with her uncle and cousin Hetta; mopes over her royalist brother, imprisoned in Paris; and hesitates between two potential suitors. This tedium ends only when, halfway through the story, Eugenie (finally) realizes that one beau is a scoundrel, and then finds herself unexpectedly back in France with Hetta, thanks to an escapade in a hot-air balloon. Unfortunately, most characters (particularly Hetta) are underdeveloped, and the plot is highly implausible; too many coincidences, and too much foolish behavior by one or both girls, advance the story. Elliott scatters numerous untranslated French words and phrases throughout and fails to define unfamiliar English terms as well. Sally Gardner's The Red Necklace (2008) and The Silver Blade (2009, both Dial) are vastly superior treatments of the Revolution, evocatively re-creating the atmosphere of that era in a blend of history and magic.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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