Gracie and the Emperor (Hardcover)

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"Gracie's simple life on St. Helena dramatically changes when Napoleon Bonaparte is brought to the island as a prisoner."

As long as Gracie could remember, she had been told stories of Napoleon Bonaparte, who would stop at nothing to rule the world. Now defeated, the most famous and dreaded man alive has been banished to the very island where she lives.

Like a small ship stuck fast in the ocean, St. Helena is far from anywhere. Gracie wants to run away, but there is nowhere to go. Circumstances grow worse when her work places her in direct proximity to the man she regards as a monster.

Set in a pivotal historical period, the story of Gracie reveals the grinding hardship and daily dramas of an eleven-year-old girl of the time. Though she and Napoleon never meet, the Emperor takes an interest in her and suddenly aspects of Gracie's life are mysteriously made easier. It soon becomes clear to her that only one person could be responsible.

This is historical fiction at its best. With masterly writing Errol Broome imaginatively recounts the extraordinary story of a broken emperor and a spirited, compassionate young girl.

About the Author

Errol Broome worked as a journalist and has received awards for her fictional short stories. Her focus has now shifted to writing for children, where she has thirty-five publications to her credit. Gracie and the Emperor was named a notable book by the "Children's Book Council of Australia." Errol lives in Brighton Beach, Australia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781550378917
ISBN-10: 1550378910
Publisher: Annick Press
Publication Date: February 5th, 2005
Pages: 160
Language: English