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The Red Necklace: A Story Of The French Revolution
An exciting, romantic novel set against the feverish backdrop of the French Revolution.
Clever and head-turningly attractive, fourteen-year-old Yann is an orphan who has been raised in Paris by TÃªtu, a dwarf with secrets he has yet to reveal to the gypsy boy. Itâ€™s the winter of 1789, and the duo have been working for a vain magician named Topolain. On the night when Topolainâ€™s vanity brings his own death, Yannâ€™s life truly begins. Thatâ€™s the night he meets shy Sido, an heiress with an ice-cold father, a young girl who has only known loneliness until now. Though they have the shortest of conversations, an attachment is born that will influence both their paths.
And what paths those will be! Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her, and heâ€™ll be up against a fearful villain who goes by the name Count Kalliovski, but who has often been called the devil. Itâ€™ll take all of Yannâ€™s newly discovered talent to unravel the...
Yann Margoza, a fourteen-year-old Gypsy boy, is performing with a magician and a dwarf when his life changes forever on a fateful night at the beginning of the French Revolution. The magician is killed, the dwarf, Tetu, is shot, and suddenly Yann is on the run from the sinister Count Kalliovski. In the midst of this tragedy, Yann meets shy, twelve-year-old Sido de Villeduval. Sido is scorned by her aristocratic father, but Kalliovski is determined to marry her. Yann and Sido's struggle to escape the Count, during the upheaval in France, puts the pair in grave danger. Mixed into this historical tale is a fantasy subplot about Yann learning to manipulate objects using Gypsy magic. The fantasy elements tie into the mysteries of Yann's birth and Court Kalliovski's past, but the story draws its suspense mainly from the Revolution. Teachers and parents should be aware of occasional profanity and several episodes of historically accurate but graphic violence. Excerpts from this novel would enliven a French Revolution unit in the classroom. Carrington MacDuffie uses a variety of convincing accents to differentiate between English, Russian, and French characters, making it easy to tell them apart. She does not pause much between scenes, which can be briefly confusing, but otherwise the performance is strong and entertaining. Readers who enjoy The Red Necklace may wish to obtain the sequel, The Silver Blade. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10- As the first embers of the French Revolution begin to burn, Yann Margoza, a 14-year-old voice thrower and mind reader, watches his simple life as a magician's assistant disappear before his eyes. During one fateful midnight performance at the chateau of an overindulgent, debt-ridden marquis, a string of irreversible events unfurls. Jolted from the only world he's known, Yann becomes inextricably intertwined with the marquis's 12-year-old daughter and lecherous, treacherous Count Kalliovski. Yann struggles to make the right choices while coming to terms with his origins and unique abilities in order to save those he loves. Gardner deftly plays out the same brand of intrigue, romance, and murky intentions beautifully rendered in recent period magician films, The Prestige and The Illusionist . Readers will root for Yann and Sido as they struggle toward adulthood amid the political and social turmoil surrounding and sometimes endangering them. At the book's end, Gardner provides further historical background on late-18th-century France, though most readers will find themselves wishing simply for a sequel to continue this engrossing tale.-Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
First published in England, this is an old-fashioned historical novel, set during the French Revolution. The main character is Yann Margoza, a Gypsy who has spent his childhood as part of a magic show touring Europe, with a Gypsy dwarf, Tetu, as his guardian. There is a villain, someone calling himself Count Kalliovski, who is obsessed with power and wealth; he stalks Yann and Tetu for reasons of his own. Then there is a young woman, Sido, the daughter of a loathsome father, whose aristocratic position makes him a ready target of the revolutionariesâ€¦perhaps Yann can rescue Sido and get her to relatives in London. But Count Kalliovski wants to marry Sido and claim her family's wealth for himself. There is Gypsy magic, endless action and drama, romance between Yann and Sido, and at the end, a promise of perhaps another adventure to follow, as Yann returns to the chaos of Paris to rescue other innocents from the guillotine. Challenging vocabulary and historical references, for YAs who are prepared for a voyage to another time and place. Oh, and the red necklace of the title? When the Count murders someone, they are discovered with a red necklace around their broken necks. Sally Gardner also wrote I, Coriander. Reviewer: Claire Rosser
Necklace For The Neckless
It would be difficult to imagine a place more pathetic than the trailer park of Aimlow, a small town cultural wasteland whose inhabitants are bent on nothing more than hunting, drinking and driving four-wheelers - oftentimes, simultaneously. They are uneducated, modern day peasants who spend their time glued to television sets, gulping wine straight from the box, feasting on pork rinds and breeding simply for something to do during commercial breaks. The one bright spot in their lives is the hope that Aimlow may one day play host to the next Y'alMart Supercenter. But when an old peddler arrives with an offer none of them can resist, this good-sized trailer park begins to rethink its priorities. Even the town's mayor, Def Leppard fanatic Bob Pugel, finds himself with the ethical predicament: Just what would you trade for riches beyond your dreams? Your dignity? Your self-respect? All four of your black Camaros? With a cast of animated characters and a quick-moving plot, "Necklace for the Neckless" focuses on a variety of themes in a silly, offhanded manner. These themes include greed, love, the battle of good versus evil, and the appropriateness of wearing pajamas to the grocery store. From Wolley Ledbetter, the lovably non-self-destructive town drunk, to Diva Sue Klondike, the beautician with a penchant for fistfights, "Necklace for the Neckless" will have readers laughing and cringing throughout.
The Necklace Of Harmony
One of the fun things about being a writer is responding to a challenge. This book is full of the results of such challenges... From the wedding celebrations of Greek Deities, to mermaids, ghosts and superheroes, a whole gamut of creatures await your eager eyes.
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