FIRST YA FROM BESTSELLING, INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AUTHOR: Sandra Gulland’s Josephine series was an international bestseller—more than a million copies in nineteen countries worldwide; now she turns her attention to Josephine’s teen daughter in an absolutely fascinating story.
USE OF PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIAL: This novel draws inspiration from the real Hortense’s autobiography; history is now told as a fascinating story.
TIMELESS THEMES PRESENTED IN A FRESH WAY: Revolution, palace intrigue, power struggles—everything old is new again!
GREAT TEEN APPEAL: Based on historical fact, Hortense’s life seems surprisingly modern: wrestling with fitting into society, disliking her stepfather, bonding with friends at boarding school; teens will find lots to relate to!
COMPELLING CHARACTER: Readers will fall in love with Hortense, who is funny and self-deprecating, as well as completely charming.
HISTORICAL FICTION’S RECENT POPULARITY IN YA: With books like Alex and Eliza, The Passion of Dolssa, Salt to the Sea and March receiving critical acclaim and good sales, The Game of Hope comes at a time when readers are hungry for more titles in the historical fiction genre.
BIG CROSSOVER APPEAL: Sandra’s many fans already devour her historical fiction, particularly her books about Josephine, and they will be fascinated by this account of Josephine’s daughter.
STRONG PUBLISHING PARTNER: Viking Books for Young Readers in the US.
PRAISE FOR The Game of Hope:
“Gulland’s attention to minor details…brings to life the essence of living as a young noblewoman in the year 1798 amid newfound political peace.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[G]uaranteed to find fans among bookish youth…. The coming-of-age tale that follows—inspired by the historical figure’s autobiography—offers a window into another world.”—Toronto Star
PRAISE FOR SANDRA GULLAND’S The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.:
“Gulland has huge fun…. In her hands Josephine B. puts in a stellar performance. Now tender, now triste, she’s the Jackie O. of her day.”—The Guardian
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