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"Sixteen-year-old runaway Maude Pichon is ugly — so much so that she lands a job as a 'repoussoir,' an unattractive girl paid to be seen with a lovelier girl to make her appear even more beautiful by comparison (in a note, Ross explains that this fictional profession derives from an 1866 Zola short story). Maude is humiliated by the idea, but her poverty leaves her few options. When chance sends a dashing composer Maude's way, and a countess hires her to befriend her independent-minded daughter, Isabelle, readers will see the potential for a happy ending. Ross offers not one, but two strong heroines in her debut novel, both navigating the choppy waters of the Paris debutante season, albeit from different social classes. Though Maude is the chief protagonist (and narrator), Isabelle is highly engaging as a young woman determined to challenge the expectations of her gender and study science at a university. Both touching and fun, this is a story about many things — true friendship, real beauty, being caught between two worlds — and it will delight fans of historical fiction. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Elizabeth Ross studied French at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and between semesters she worked in Paris and Brittany. She lives in Los Angeles. When she isn't writing, Elizabeth edits feature films. Visit her at elizabethrossbooks.com or follow @RossElizabeth on Twitter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385741460
Author:
Ross, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-General
Subject:
historical fiction;paris;beauty;young adult;france;fiction;ya;runaways
Subject:
historical fiction;paris;beauty;young adult;france;ya;fiction;friendship;runaways;debutantes;historical
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.93 x 1.1 in 0.97 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 336 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385741460 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sixteen-year-old runaway Maude Pichon is ugly — so much so that she lands a job as a 'repoussoir,' an unattractive girl paid to be seen with a lovelier girl to make her appear even more beautiful by comparison (in a note, Ross explains that this fictional profession derives from an 1866 Zola short story). Maude is humiliated by the idea, but her poverty leaves her few options. When chance sends a dashing composer Maude's way, and a countess hires her to befriend her independent-minded daughter, Isabelle, readers will see the potential for a happy ending. Ross offers not one, but two strong heroines in her debut novel, both navigating the choppy waters of the Paris debutante season, albeit from different social classes. Though Maude is the chief protagonist (and narrator), Isabelle is highly engaging as a young woman determined to challenge the expectations of her gender and study science at a university. Both touching and fun, this is a story about many things — true friendship, real beauty, being caught between two worlds — and it will delight fans of historical fiction. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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