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The Queen's Own Fool

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ISBN13: 9780698119185
ISBN10: 0698119185
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Publisher Comments:

Nicola is a resourceful jester to the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a most unlikely friend to the queen. As fate takes Mary from France to Scotland and into confrontations with rebellious lords and devious advisors, Nicola remains deep in the queen's circle, and later struggles to save her friend.

Review:

"[W]ill appeal to fans of historical sagas." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The authors immerse the reader in the time period with a powerful tale. This is top-notch historical fiction." Children's Literature

Review:

"This easy to read but lengthy book might be useful for middle school researchers but will surely appeal to fans of historical fiction." VOYA

Review:

"Readers will laugh at Nicola's way with words and forthright manner, and delight in her skill of almost always being able to say the right thing to comfort the Queen or squelch the pompous advisors who surround her. The play of language is another major highlight in the novel." School Library Journal

Review:

"Based deeply in fact and full of detail both luscious and sordid, the story's length will not discourage any reader who picks it up and begins to be enthralled." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of numerous books for children, including The Girl in the Golden Bower and Child of Faerie, Child of Earth, both illustrated by Jane Dyer. Jane Yolen and her husband divide their time between a one-hundred-year-old farmhouse in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and Wayside, a house in Scotland.

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Noel, March 10, 2013 (view all comments by Noel)
This book is about an orphan who becomes Queen Mary's own fool. They go through a lot together and through many struggles and hardships. I did not like this book because it did not have much of a conflict. It was very historically accurate and would be a good book if you needed information on Queen Mary of Scots, but only for that purpose. It was very slow and it did pick up a little bit, but not much. Also, you cannot relate to any of the characters. They have no personalities and feel like characters, not people. When I read a book I want to feel like I am in the place they are, and feel their emotions. When characters died I wasn't sad, or happy. Another thing is that even though it was first person, it did not feel like it. I think that this could have been a very good book because it had a lot of action and adventure. I definitely would not have read it alone but it was very good for a book group because there was a lot to talk about. Also, it was very confusing so it helped to see what different people got out of the same words.
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Ethan G, March 10, 2013 (view all comments by Ethan G)
"Queen’s Own Fool" by Jane Yolen and Robert Harris is a historical fiction book that takes place in the middle ages. It is about a girl named Nicola who is traveling with her Uncle who owns Troupe Brufort. Nicola performs dancing and music in the troupe along with her cousins. She is very miserable because her uncle thinks she can’t do anything right, and constantly beats her. One day when they are performing, someone who works for the king and queen sees them and has the troupe perform for the King, Queen and other nobles. The Queen takes a keen interest in Nicola and ends up paying Nicola’s uncle to keep her as her own personal fool. Together the queen and Nicola go on many adventures together, and travel lots of places.
This story is very slow to start and there’s no real conflicts until almost halfway through the book. Also there is not one main conflict at all, rather many small ones. The book doesn’t surprise you that much, and you can pretty much see into the future of the book and predict what’s going to happen. One thing that I hate about this book is that the book skips over long periods of time constantly, without giving any details of what happened. In one instance, the book skipped over 3 years without giving the slightest hint of what had happened. There is some good things about this book though. One thing that I loved was the description of scenery and/or objects (but not as much description of people). The way the author described rooms was beautiful. It was almost as if the author was using metaphors to describe something, and sometimes you didn't even realize what they were describing until you read over it again. Overall this wasn't a horrible book, but I didn't love it either. It wouldn't be my first choice for a book, and it’s definitely not one you re-read either. But if you are just looking for anything to read you might want to try this one out. But watch out, its not a quick read coming in at around 400 whopping pages of mostly boring text.
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Mabel Miller, March 10, 2013 (view all comments by Mabel Miller)
This book was historically accurate but lacked any real conflict in the plot. It is about a young entertainer named Nicola who gets to perform in front of Mary (the queen of France) with her troupe. The queen decides to make Nicola her own fool (jester) and listens to whatever wise words come out of her mouth. When the king dies, they move to Scotland where Mary is married again and becomes queen. Her new husband, Henry Darnley creates trouble for both of them and they constantly have to pick their way out of dangerous situations. This book’s events and characters are entirely real but the details and opinions are made up. It is a good book if you are interested in knowing a truthful story in what happened back in the Middle Ages but it is not for people looking for an intense, action-packed story. The characters seem unrelatable because most people don’t prance about and help every living creature and don’t have any mean or vengeful qualities. In my opinion, this book would be much better to read with a group because you can talk about any confusing topics that may come up throughout this book. Otherwise, I would have put this book down after the first couple chapters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780698119185
Author:
Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris
Publisher:
Speak
Author:
Harris, Robert J.
Author:
Yolen, Jane
Author:
Harris, Robert
Location:
New York
Subject:
Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Kings, queens, rulers, etc.
Subject:
Biographical - European
Subject:
Fools and jesters
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Picture book
Series Volume:
2001-17
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.42 x 5.5 x 1.1 in 1 lb
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 400 pages Speak - English 9780698119185 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[W]ill appeal to fans of historical sagas." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "The authors immerse the reader in the time period with a powerful tale. This is top-notch historical fiction."
"Review" by , "This easy to read but lengthy book might be useful for middle school researchers but will surely appeal to fans of historical fiction."
"Review" by , "Readers will laugh at Nicola's way with words and forthright manner, and delight in her skill of almost always being able to say the right thing to comfort the Queen or squelch the pompous advisors who surround her. The play of language is another major highlight in the novel."
"Review" by , "Based deeply in fact and full of detail both luscious and sordid, the story's length will not discourage any reader who picks it up and begins to be enthralled."
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