Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[W]ill appeal to fans of historical sagas." Publishers Weekly
"The authors immerse the reader in the time period with a powerful tale. This is top-notch historical fiction." Children's Literature
"This easy to read but lengthy book might be useful for middle school researchers but will surely appeal to fans of historical fiction." VOYA
"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
"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.