The Academie
The Academie
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Annotation: Told in separate voices, the daughter of a future U.S. President, two teenaged relatives of Napoleon I, and the daughter of an actress come together at L'Academie Nationale a St. Germain in the turmoil of 1799 France.
Catalog Number: #5274204
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 356 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-599-90586-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-599-90586-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2011025662
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Publishers Weekly
During Eliza Monroe and her mother-s year away from Virginia in postrevolutionary France, 14-year-old Eliza is sent (unwillingly) to a boarding school outside Paris, where the daughter of future president James Monroe befriends two celebrated yet conniving young ladies: Caroline Bonaparte, Napoleon-s youngest sister, and Hortense de Beauharnais, the daughter of Joséphine Bonaparte-s first marriage (before she married Napoleon). Caroline and Hortense are enemies, each attempting to use Eliza as their pawn. Caroline is in love with General Murat, while Hortense has feelings for her music teacher as well as Napoleon, her stepfather. Eliza has a crush on Eugène, Hortense-s brother, who has in turn promised himself to Madeleine, the abused daughter of an actress. Eliza becomes trapped in the girls- schemes, learning the freedom of being ordinary and that love -is a strange and dangerous thing.- Dunlap-s (In the Shadow of the Lamp) intricate plot darts among the first-person narratives of Eliza, Caroline, Hortense, and Madeleine. The elegant work of historical fiction is laced with fluttery romances, psychological games, and surprises. Ages 12-up. Agent: Adam Chromy, Moveable Type Management. (Apr.)

School Library Journal
Gr 7&11;10&12; This light romance is set in the period following the French Revolution when Napoleon was coming into political power. When 14-year-old Eliza Monroe of Virginia becomes a student at a Parisian finishing school in 1799, she discovers that Napoleon's stepdaughter Hortense and his sister Caroline are among her fellow pupils. Caroline is a calculating charmer who has decided that she is in love with one of Napoleon's generals and sets out to capture his heart. Hortense and her brother Eugene, children of Napoleon's mistress, Josephine, are in love with individuals whom their mother deems unsuitable. Eliza is pulled into dangerous adventures by Caroline, but it is Hortense who becomes a truer, older, and wiser friend to her. All three young women are a curious mix of n&8;ivet&3; and worldliness. Hortense and Caroline realize that they will probably have arranged marriages of convenience, although Caroline is out to change that. However, knowing what their futures may hold doesn't stop them or Eliza from having crushes, which they call falling in love, on young men who may or may not even notice them. The Parisian students also understand that their parents are not faithful to each other, but don't look upon this as a fault. The writing is a bit stilted in a nod to the time period. Students who enjoy historical fiction and period romances will find this to their liking.&12; Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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School Library Journal (4/1/12)
Word Count: 77,619
Reading Level: 5.5
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.5 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 152511 / grade: Middle Grades+

Eliza Monroe-daughter of the future president of the United States-is devastated when her mother decides to send her to boarding school outside of Paris. But the young American teen is quickly reconciled to the idea when-ooh, la-la!-she discovers who her fellow pupils will be: Hortense de Beauharnais, daughter of Josephine Bonaparte; and Caroline Bonaparte, youngest sister of the famous French general. It doesn't take long for Eliza to figure out that the two French girls are mortal enemies-and that she's about to get caught in the middle of their schemes. Loosely drawn from history, Eliza Monroe's imagined coming of age provides a scintillating glimpse into the lives, loves, and hopes of three young women during one of the most volatile periods in French history.


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