Prisoners in the Palace How Princess Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel A Novel of Intrigue and Romance by Michaela MacColl
  

Prisoners in the Palace How Princess Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel A Novel of Intrigue and Romance

Written by Michaela MacColl
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Synopsis

Prisoners in the Palace How Princess Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel A Novel of Intrigue and Romance by Michaela MacColl

A young adult (12 and up) debut novel set in Victorian England and based on new found knowledge of the childhood and adolescence of Queen Victoria.

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Starred Review: Through the eyes of her maid, readers get to know Princess Victoria during the year before she becomes queen. Down on her luck when the deaths of her parents leave her penniless and debt ridden, Liza finds employment at Kensington Palace. She quickly learns that Victoria is a virtual prisoner of her scheming mother and her mother s lover, who seek to control the future queen through a regency. Liza initially thinks only of ways to gain favor and influence, and, ultimately, money, from Victoria, but she gradually comes to feel compassion for the lonely and ill-treated 17-year-old. The emotional growth of both young women is the heart of the story, and it unfolds naturally because of a riveting plot full of conspiracy, sexual abuse of servants, treachery, and a great love story. There are references to prostitution, abortion, apparent suicide, and murder, but they are not gratuitous. Liza s riches-to-rags-to-almost-riches story and her development into a young woman of h Liza's riches-to-rags-to-almost-riches story and her development into a young woman of high moral purpose, and Victoria's growth from a docile teen into a queen who would define an era, make this a great read. --School Library Journal, Starred Review a whip-smart, spunky protagonist and a worthy heroine to root for. delightful -Publishers Weekly PUBLISHERS WEEKLY a whip-smart, spunky protagonist and a worthy heroine to root for delightful\ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW\ Liza s riches-to-rags-to-almost-riches story and her development into a young woman of high moral purpose, and Victoria s growth from a docile teen into a queen who would define an era, make this a great read.\ --School Library Journal, Starred Review

About the Author

Michaela MacColl studied multi-disciplinary history at Vassar College and Yale University, which turns out to be the perfect degree for writing historical fiction.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Author

Michaela MacColl
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Publisher

Chronicle Books

Publication date

1st March 2013

ISBN

9781452119588


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