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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

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The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution


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Author Q & A

1. What do you like best about incorporating history into your books?
I think history is a good way of looking at our present times; it puts things into context. I also like the fact that you can't clean up history — it stand as it is, and unlike fantasy, you really don't need to make half of it up. It all happened and then some.

2. Your background is in art. What made you decide to get into writing?
I think I was born telling myself stories: I escaped my childhood through the stories I told myself. The one thing that my very expensive education had been keen to teach me at every stage of my youth was that I couldn't be a writer. Instead I went to Art College and studied to be a theater designer, for after all theater is where story is king. Then I went into illustration where story is also king, and finally found I had the courage and support to realize that my teachers were wrong. I can write, I just can't spell.

3. What were some of your favorite books growing up?
I didn't read until worryingly late (14), so I was a bit of a write-off where it came to books from childhood, apart from WIND IN THE WILLOWS, which was read to me. When I finally got to read, I read Dickens, the Brontes, and Jane Austen. Later on I discovered Hemingway, whom I adored, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, whom I was told was dreadful at spelling. THE GREAT GATSBY is an all-time fave.

4. Any advice for aspiring writers?
Story story story! There is nothing, apart from characters, that is more important. Be brave — never let anyone tell you that you can't do it. Find your voice and enjoy the journey; there is nothing better in all the world than telling a rattling good tale. It can even keep tomorrow at bay.

5. What are you working on now?
The new book is going to be called THE SILVER BLADE and is a sequel to THE RED NECKLACE. It is set in the time of the Terror and is the conclusion to the love story between Sido and Yann. I hope it will be a gripping adventure and a heartrending love story.

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Gardner, Sally
Laird, Elizabeth
Historical - Europe
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Family - Parents
Adventure and adventurers
Fantasy & Magic
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from 7 to 12
8.56x6.00x1.23 in. 1.05 lbs.
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The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution Used Hardcover
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Product details 384 pages Dial Books - English 9780803731004 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set during the French Revolution, Gardner's (I, Coriander) epic and tautly plotted tale engages readers from the start with its combination of romance and history, mystery and magic. Yann Magoza, an orphan, travels with entertainers who use supernatural powers in their act; Yann himself can read minds. As the novel opens, Yann and his companions are brought to a marquis's chateau, where Yann has a brief but fateful meeting with the foolish and cruel marquis's brave daughter, Sidonie, and where the marquis's associate, a scheming count, brutally but cleverly murders one of the magicians. The pace retains this thrilling momentum all the way through the heart-stopping climax. As Gardner slowly discloses Yann's and Sido's heritages, she ratchets up tension about the marquis's and the count's plans for Sido. She lards her story with intriguing details, like the red garnet necklaces left like signatures with a series of murder victims, and 'threads of light' that make Yann's magic possible. The novel also paints vivid, convincing pictures of the Revolution: characters glimpse the massed thousands of Parisian women marching to Versailles, pitchforks in hand, demanding bread, and mobs setting upon suspected aristocrats. Suspenseful, complex and haunting. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the award-winning "I, Coriander" comes an exciting, romantic novel set against the feverish backdrop of the French Revolution.
"Synopsis" by ,
A mysterious gypsy boy, Yann Margoza, and his guardian, a dwarf, work for the magician Topolain in 1789. On the night of Topolain's death, Yann's life truly begins. That's when he meets Sido, an heiress with a horrible father. An attachment is born that will determine both their paths. Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her from a fearful villain named Count Kalliovski. It will take all of Yann's newly discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of Sido's past and his own and to fight the devilish count.
"Synopsis" by ,
In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishmentor worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door. 

Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the kings men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process. Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes.

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