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 crowd of courtiers -- only to be rescued by Marie
Antoinette. Before Isabelle can believe it, she has a new job --
companion to the queen's daughter. Isabelle is given a fashionable
name, fashionable dresses -- a new identity. At home she plies her
needle under her grandmother's disapproving eye. At the palace she
is playmate to a princess.
Thrown into a world of luxury, Isabelle is living a fairy-tale
life. But this facade begins to crumble when rumors of starvation
in the countryside lead to whispers of revolution. How can Isabelle
reconcile the ugly things she hears in the town with the kind
family she knows in the palace? And which side is she truly on?
Inspired by an actual friendship between the French princess
and a commoner who became her companion, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
offers a vivid portrait of life inside the palace of Versailles --
and a touching tale of two friends divided by class and the hunger
for equality and freedom that fueled the French Revolution.
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