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Life has been nothing but unfair to Grace Parkes and her sister. Penniless, the two orphans manage to stay alive-but only barely, like so many on the streets of Victorian London. And Grace must bear a greater heartbreak, having become pregnant from terrible circumstances and then given birth to a stillborn baby. But the infant's death sets Grace on a new path, bringing her into contact with people who hold both riches and power. A great fraud has been perpetrated on young Grace and her sister, and they are the secret recipients of a most unusual legacy-if only they can find the means to claim it. Mary Hooper's latest offers Dickensian social commentary, as well as malicious fraud, mysterious secrets, and a riveting read.

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"It is 1861 London, and 15-year-old Grace, who cares for her childlike older sister, Lily, is on a funeral train to give a dignified burial to Grace's stillborn baby, which was conceived after she was raped. Grace and Lily are in dire financial circumstances — their mother is dead and their father left before Grace was born to seek his fortune in the Americas — and they make ends meet by selling watercress. But Grace's train ride brings her into contact with a series of characters — including a wealthy and corrupt family of undertakers, who Grace and her sister come to work for, and a handsome young lawyer — that dramatically change her fate. There's a Dickensian quality to Hooper's (Newes from the Dead) story (the man himself makes a brief appearance); that which seems random is in fact meticulously planned, and nothing, not even the bundle in Grace's arms, is as it seems. And though Hooper's period descriptions, while evocative, can slow the story at times, readers will be engaged by the twists, turns, and deceits of Grace's rags-to-riches story. Ages 14 — up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

MARY HOOPER is a popular writer for children and young adults, best known for her finely woven historical novels, including Newes from the Dead, The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose, Petals in the Ashes, and At the Sign of the Sugared Plum. She lives in England.

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girasolace, July 11, 2011 (view all comments by girasolace)
Grace and her older sister Lily (who is mentally disabled) live in a slum in Victorian England and desperately try to eke out a survival by selling watercress on the streets. The book opens with a grimly arresting scene - Grace is on a funeral train, about to sneak the body of her stillborn infant into the coffin of an unknown woman so that the baby may have a decent burial. Here Grace, who has a lovely, mournful face, is offered employment by a family in the funeral business as a mute, a girl hired to look tragic during a burial. Various silly subplots come together to allow Grace & Lily's fortunes to change, with plenty of upsets along the way. To me the book reads like a study of interesting historical facts about the Victorian funeral trade dressed up with the outline of a story. Interesting, but not riveting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599905648
Author:
Hooper, Mary
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
12-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It is 1861 London, and 15-year-old Grace, who cares for her childlike older sister, Lily, is on a funeral train to give a dignified burial to Grace's stillborn baby, which was conceived after she was raped. Grace and Lily are in dire financial circumstances — their mother is dead and their father left before Grace was born to seek his fortune in the Americas — and they make ends meet by selling watercress. But Grace's train ride brings her into contact with a series of characters — including a wealthy and corrupt family of undertakers, who Grace and her sister come to work for, and a handsome young lawyer — that dramatically change her fate. There's a Dickensian quality to Hooper's (Newes from the Dead) story (the man himself makes a brief appearance); that which seems random is in fact meticulously planned, and nothing, not even the bundle in Grace's arms, is as it seems. And though Hooper's period descriptions, while evocative, can slow the story at times, readers will be engaged by the twists, turns, and deceits of Grace's rags-to-riches story. Ages 14 — up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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