The Scarlet Pimpernel

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by Baroness Orczy

For every teen (and adult) who wants (to be) a hero!  The Scarlet Pimpernel.  I remember the thrill of reading this book the first time.  Sort of like a “Robin-Hood” type of story, this book is set in France/England during the time of the French Revolution and will be eye-opening to readers who know little about this terrible period of history when revolutionary idealism has degenerated into a Reign of Terror.  Ruthless mobs rule the streets of Paris, and each day, hundreds of royalists are sacrificed to the guillotine, with hundreds more condemned to follow.

Enter the Scarlet Pimpernel: the daring English leader who whisks French aristocrats across the Channel to safety.  The political intrigue, romance, and suspense of the plot give the book wide appeal, especially for young adults whose hearts thrill to adventure.  It’s been years since I’ve read this book.  Published right at the turn of the century (early 1900’s), it is listed as ages 11 (grade 6) and up, but off the cuff I would say ages 14 and up.   Apparently there are more books in this series, but I haven’t read any of them and cannot comment on them.

Ages: 14 and up

Historical fiction

Available from Hamilton Public Library, (it says also as an audio book)

*Recommended*

Reviewer: Doreen

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