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Madame Tussaud's apprentice
Duble, Kathleen Benner.
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Publication Information:
Blue Ash, OH : Merit Press, an imprint of F+W Media, Inc., [2014]
Physical Description:
223 pages ; 23 cm
In 1789 Paris, Celie Rousseau lives on the streets stealing to survive, but when she is arrested she is given the remarkable opportunity to become an apprentice to Madame Tussaud, and as the Revolution begins, she must choose between her royal patrons and Algernon, the freedom fighter she loves.
General Note:
"An untold story of love in the French Revolution"--Jacket.
Reading Level:
HL 750 Lexile.
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In 1789, with the starving French people on the brink of revolution, orphaned Celie Rosseau, an amazing artist and a very clever thief, runs wild with her protector, Algernon, trying to join the idealistic freedom fighters of Paris. But when she is caught stealing from none other than the king's brother and the lady from the waxworks, Celie must use her drawing talent to buy her own freedom or die for her crimes. Forced to work for Madame Tussaud inside the opulent walls that surround Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Celie is shocked to find that the very people she imagined to be monsters actually treat her with kindness. But the thunder of revolution still rolls outside the gates, and Celie is torn between the cause of the poor and the safety of the rich. When the moment of truth arrives, will she turn on Madame Tussaud or betray the boy she loves? From the hidden garrets of the starving poor to the jeweled halls of Versailles, Madame Tussaud's Apprentice is a sweeping story of danger, intrigue, and young love, set against one of the most dramatic moments in history.

Author Notes

Kathleen Benner Duble wrote eight award-winning children's books before Madame Tussaud's Apprentice . All of her books involved some research, but only this one took her to Paris!

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Booklist Review

Duble finds an unfamiliar angle into the French Revolution: famed wax sculptor Madame Tussaud's fictional teenage apprentice, Celie. Celie survives life on the streets of eighteenth-century Paris by thieving with her friend Algernon, until she is caught in a scheme and rescued by Manon Tussaud, who is intrigued by Celie's impressive drawing abilities. While learning the ways of wax sculpting, Celie finds herself closer to royalty than she ever imagined traveling to Versailles and befriending Louis XVI's sister Elizabeth and she begins to question her beliefs about the social hierarchy. Then, when rebels take hold of Paris, and Algernon is swept into the revolutionary fervor, Celie is forced to decide where her true allegiances lie. While the love story with Algernon never quite takes center stage, the detailed descriptions of wax building and mildly gruesome scenes of casting with actual decapitated heads from the royal family both educate and entertain. Well paced and captivating, Duble's novel effectively explores the shades of gray in the French Revolution.--Barnes, Jennifer Copyright 2014 Booklist