Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

By teen lib

March 22, 2013

The revolution has ruined everything.  Of course, I’m sure that’s what all those innocent people think, too, right before the guillotine chops off their heads.  But for Alexandrine, it is worse to be alive, suffering as she is.  Once an actress in the streets of France, she made little Louis-Charles, the prince, laugh and thereby garnered for herself a place among the palace staff and a friend in the little prince.  Even after the royal family’s fortunes change, and they are imprisoned, Alexandrine is desperate to make contact with and continue as Louis-Charles’s companion and friend. 

And Andi, reading Alexandrine’s diary 200 years later, becomes obsessed with the tragic story.  She is so moved by the words written so long ago by one who cared so much that one night on a midnight journey through the catacombs of France, Andi is suddenly transported in time to this past she cannot stop thinking about.  And that past has for now become her terrifyingly real present.   

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