I pulled this book off the shelf in my classroom because I needed something to read along with my students during Friday reading (I forgot my book at home). I bought this book at the Scholastic Book Fair for my classroom and had not had a chance to read it yet.
I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised and intrigued by this book thus far. On the eve of the French Revolution, a young boy named Yann, along with his lifelong friends Tetu and Topolain, are called away to a Marquis’s chateau in the countryside to perform for the glittering aristocracy on one of the coldest of winter nights. At this chateau, he discovers hidden passages, a neglected heiress named Sido, and witnesses Topolain’s murder. Now Yann and Tetu are on the run for their lives and Yann is constantly surrounded by more questions than answers.
I’m very excited to continue reading this book. ^_^
UPDATE, 1/26/2010: I am enjoying this book far more than I thought I would. The start feels a bit slow at first but it soon picks up and the start begins to unravel its secrets. I am about 84 pages away from the ending and the plot has become gut- and heart-wrenching. Sido is so much more than I expected, as is Yann. It’s a very good and very frightening representation of what went on in Paris during the French Revolution.
I am looking forward to the “plan”, to see how it turns out. YAY! I’m so glad I am enjoying this. ^_^
FINISHED, 1/27/2010: I enjoyed this book very much! It was much more interesting than I thought it would be a first. The end of the story was a little disappointing; not so much a happy ending as a heroic “we hope everything turned out to be a happy ending”. The blood and terror of the French Revolution are almost palpable and Gardner does a wonderful job of bringing it and the magic of Yann’s history to life.
As I said, I truly enjoyed this book! I also aced the Accelerated Reader test for it. ^_^ YAY! Now, onto the next book.