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Fourth title from bestselling novelist Celia Rees Strong historical setting and brilliantly realised heroine

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Celia Rees is one of Britain's foremost writers for teenagers and her titles for Bloomsbury have enjoyed huge success. Witch Child has been adopted by educational boards up and down the country and is required reading in secondary schools in the UK, with life sales of over 180,000, and has been translated into 25 languages. Celia has a degree in history, a strong interest in which is evident in her brilliantly researched books. Sorceress, Pirates! and Sovay have all met similar critical acclaim and are loved for their strong characters and skilfully plotted adventures. Celia Rees lives in Leamington Spa, with her husband.

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Gr 9 Up-Sovay Middleton, born into a wealthy, but slightly eccentric English family, transforms from the expected simpering young lady to an accused traitor to the Crown and an ex-patriot living in mortal danger in Revolutionary period France. At the beginning, Sovay turns highwayman in order to test the depths of her true love's feelings. Disappointed with the results, and chagrined to learn that her fiance is using her to set up a case of treason against her father and brother, Sovay sets out to save them. As her adventures progress, the girl is drawn deeper into the roiling political scene. She must flee to France and is imprisoned, awaiting death. Cynthia Rees's exciting adventure (Bloomsbury, 2008), based on an old English folktale, is sprinkled with romance and political intrigue. Bianca Amato does an excellent job of drawing listeners into the adventures. Although she may sound somewhat mature when voicing Sovay at the beginning of the tale, listeners will appreciate the depths of emotion that she conveys throughout the story. The pacing is excellent and Amato provides a beautifully sung rendition of an English ballad at the end of the audiobook. Students who liked Megan Whalen Turner's Attolia series will be enthralled with this title. A must-have for libraries serving older teens, especially those with strong historical fiction collections.-Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, New Britain, CT Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

'Rees's speciality is depicting strong, captivating heroines in a historical setting saturated with adventure, romance and emotional intelligence ... Sovay is a gorgeous, breathless, headlong romp of a read' The Times 'Meticulously researched and completely absorbing with a wonderfully feisty heroine, this is highly recommended for teenage readers' The Independent 'There's plenty of action, political intrigue and historical detail. Yet it is the romance, thwarted passions, sinister intentions and of course the heroine herself, that make it spot-on for teenage girls' Bookseller 'Celia Rees cleverly combines historical detail with a riveting plot ... This is a rollicking and romantic adventure with a charismatic, tough female lead. It's smart and pacy by turns and topped off with a nice gothic twist' Waterstone's Books Quarterly

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