REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly
Kirkus Star

REVOLUTION

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Andi Alpers, a 17-year-old music lover, is about to be expelled from her elite private school. Despite her brilliance, she has not been able to focus on anything except music since the death of her younger brother, which pushed the difficulties in her family to the breaking point. She resists accompanying her work-obsessed father to Paris, especially after he places her mentally fragile mother in a hospital, but once there works in earnest on her senior thesis about an 18th-century French musician. But when she finds the 200-year-old diary of another teen, Alexandrine Paradis, she is plunged into the chaos of the French Revolution. Soon, Alex’s life and struggles become as real and as painful for Andi as her own troubled life. Printz Honor winner Donnelly combines compelling historical fiction with a frank contemporary story. Andi is brilliantly realized, complete and complex. The novel is rich with detail, and both the Brooklyn and Paris settings provide important grounding for the haunting and beautifully told story. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-385-73763-0
Page count: 496pp
Publisher: Delacorte
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2010




ABA'S 2011 INDIES CHOICE BOOK AWARDS:

FictionROOM by Emma Donoghue
by Emma Donoghue
NonfictionUNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand
by Laura Hillenbrand
FictionMATTERHORN by Karl Marlantes
by Karl Marlantes
ChildrenREVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly
by Jennifer Donnelly

MORE BY JENNIFER DONNELLY

ChildrenTHESE SHALLOW GRAVES by Jennifer Donnelly
by Jennifer Donnelly
ChildrenDEEP BLUE by Jennifer Donnelly
by Jennifer Donnelly
ChildrenA NORTHERN LIGHT by Jennifer Donnelly
by Jennifer Donnelly

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenRADIANT DAYS by Elizabeth Hand
by Elizabeth Hand
ChildrenSTRAVAGANZA II: CITY OF STARS by Mary Hoffman
by Mary Hoffman
Children3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
by Gretchen McNeil
ChildrenTHE RED NECKLACE by Sally Gardner
by Sally Gardner