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Genre: Young Adult, Historical
Donnelly creates not one, but two extraordinarily vivid settings, contemporary Brooklyn and 18th-century Paris, and two strong, complicated heroines. Readers won’t be able to tear themselves away from the girls’ mysteriously connected struggles and triumphs.
When Andi’s father brings her along on his research trip to Paris, it’s to force her to write a thesis that may keep her from being thrown out of school. Grieving for her young brother, she finds a French Revolution-era diary written by Alexandrine, and is caught up in the events surrounding the 8-year- old Dauphin’s imprisonment. During a late-night trip to the catacombs with a new friend, hip-hop artist/cab driver Virgil, Andi hits her head and wakes up in the 18th century. (DELACORTE, Oct., 496 pp., $18.99, HC, ISBN: 9780385737630, 14 & Up)
Reviewed By: Melissa Hanley
Published: October 2010