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The lacemaker and the Princess
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.
Children's Fiction BRADLEY

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Summary: ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD ISABELLE IS A LACEMAKER IN THE TOWN OF VERSAILLES. One day as she delivers lace to the palace, she is almost trampled by a crowdof courtiers -- only to be rescued by Marie Antoinette. Before Isabelle canbelieve it, she has a new job -- companion to the queen's daughter. Isabelle isgiven a fashionable name, fashionable dresses -- a new identity. At home she pliesher needle under her grandmother's disapproving eye. At the palace she isplaymate to a princess. Thrown into a world of luxury, Isabelle is living a fairy-tale life. But thisfacade begins to crumble when rumors of starvation in the countryside lead towhispers of revolution. How can Isabelle reconcile the ugly things she hears inthe town with the kind family she knows in the palace? And which side is shetruly on? Inspired by an actual friendship between the French princess and a commoner whobecame her companion, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley offers a vivid portrait of lifeinside the palace of Versailles -- and a touching tale of two friends divided byclass and the hunger for equality and freedom that fueled the French Revolution.


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