Saturday, August 31, 2013

Waiting for the Queen by Joanna Higgins

A surprising friendship develops between Eugenie, an escapee from the French Revolution, and Hannah, a Quaker girl, when they unite in the cause against slavery in this adventuresome tale of true nobility set amidst the rugged, eighteenth-century, Pennsylvania wilderness.
Fifteen-year-old Eugenie de La Roque and her family barely escape the French Revolution with their lives. Along with several other noble families, they sail to America, where French Azilium, as the area came to be known, is being carved out of the rugged wilderness of Pennsylvania. Hannah Kimbrell is a young Quaker who has been chosen to help prepare French Azilum for the arrival of the aristocrats. In this wild place away from home and the memories they hold dear, Eugenie and Hannah find more in common than they first realize. With much to learn from each other, the girls unite to help free several slaves from their tyrannical French owner, a dangerous scheme that requires personal sacrifice in exchange for the slaves' freedom.
A story of friendship against all odds, Waiting for the Queen is a loving portrait of the values of a young America, and a reminder that true nobility is more than a royal title.

Publisher: Milkweed
Number of Pages: 256
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 13

Waiting for the Queen is a fabulous book. It was a little bit hard to get into at the beginning, but overall it is an easy read. The story is historical fiction (the French Revolution and settling of America) but the author did a great job creating main characters who are basically exaggerated versions of modern-day kids so I could easily relate to them at many different times. I grew to care about the characters and with something sad happened, my eyes filled with tears.  When there was an exciting scene, I held my breath. I recommend this book for girls ages 10 or 11 and up. Thank you to Milkweed Publishing for this interesting and engaging book!

This book releases August of 2013! 

Happy reading!
Lily, age 13

1 comment:

  1. I have never heard of this book! But it sounds awesoem! I love historical fiction, and the French Revolution is an especially interesting time period. I'm glad you enjoyed this book :)

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