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Oct 06 2011

The traitor's smile by Patricia Elliott

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Pimpernelles. Book 2. Hodder Children's Books, ISBN 978-0-340-95677-9.
Pimpernelles: The traitor's smile is a fantastic book which will keep your curiosity kindled and make it very hard to put this book down. Pimpernelles is a series of two books that are set in England and France back in the revolution. The main characters are Eugenie, a beautiful French aristocrat who is fleeing the horrid revolution with her quiet and handsome French companion, Julien. Hetta, Eugenie's English cousin who is such a tomboy, believes that the revolution in France is fantastic as she dreams about one day being involved in it.
As Eugenie and Julien appear in England, Julien not speaking fluent English, things start to become intense between Hetta and Julien when she offers to teach him the English language. Suddenly everything changes when Guy Deschamps appears in Deal, the small coastal town in which this book is staged. Guy had been close friends with Armand, Eugenie's brother who is being held in a prison awaiting trial by the guillotine due to acts against the republic. Eugenie is astounded that something might be going between Guy and Julien.
A truly spectacular story of: loss and love, revolution and hardship. This book would be more appropriate/ suited to the age 15 and upwards.
Sarah Filkin (Student)

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