Monday, May 12, 2014

Waiting for the Queen by Joanna Higgins

Book: Waiting for the Queen
Author: Joanna Higgins
Narrator (if applicable):n/a

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: From Goodreads:

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.

My rating: 3 Stars

My opinion: I found this story behind the story to be unique and interesting to the middle school reader. I felt there was something that was off about it in its dialog and presentation. I did find this to be a clean read that is appropriate for the age level it is written for. Furthermore, I love books at that age that teach a lesson. Ms. Higgin's book is perfect for this.  

Source: Publisher for review 

Would I recommend? : Yes

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand alone

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