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A story of romance, revolution and revenge.

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Patricia Elliott was born in London, but grew up in Europe and the Far East. A voracious reader since childhood 'where she had the resources of ten different school libraries', she also made up ghost stories to scare her friends! As an adult, she worked in publishing in London and in a children's bookshop in New York. She now teaches a course in children's literature at an adult education college, and is writing further novels. She lives in Barnes with her husband and two sons. Her first book, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a first novel, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the West Sussex award. Her second novel, Murkmere, was longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.


Gr 7-10-The French Revolution forces spoiled Eugenie out of her privileged, narrow existence and into the larger world: hiding in decrepit houses, being hungry, and encountering starving peasants. Betrothed by her guardian to "Le Fantome," the "richest man in Paris," who harbors a grudge against her family, Eugenie attempts to escape both him and increasingly dangerous France as her 16th birthday and wedding day approach. Her flight, while somewhat exciting to read about, is ultimately due to good fortune and the inexplicable help of others, and not the ill-conceived plan of her royalist brother and his compatriot. The strength of the novel is that it captures the mindset of a girl who has never considered the needs of others and the shock and fear the Revolution caused in the aristocracy. As a heroine, Eugenie isn't bad, just self-centered. While her brother stays behind in a country where his life is in danger, she thinks about her newest love interest. Other than being an unattractive lurker with cold hands, the "pale assassin" (the fiance) isn't particularly scary. Purchase where historical fiction is popular.-Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Ambergate: 'This is a beautiful, compelling novel.' -- Guardian 20050430 Murkmere: 'Fraught with fenland mist and magic, this supernatural thriller ... is compassionate and original.' -- The Times 20050430 'Compelling ... a salutary reminder to keep an eye on the children's bookshelves.' -- SFX magazine 20050430 The Ice Boy: 'A remarkable first novel ... here is a writer whom you can trust.' -- Armadillo 20050430 'Elliott is one of [the Fidler Award's] worthiest winners. This atmospheric debut novel [is] heavy on Kleenex' -- The Glasgow Herald 20050430

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