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Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers Fall 2019

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The Game of Hope
By (author): Sandra Gulland
9780143187127 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Europe Sep 24, 2019
$14.99 CAD
Active 5.13 x 8.06 x 1.02 in 384 pages Penguin Random House Canada Teen Penguin Teen
For Napoleon’s stepdaughter, nothing is simple—especially love.

Paris, 1798. Hortense de Beauharnais is engrossed in her studies at a boarding school for aristocratic girls, most of whom suffered tragic losses during the tumultuous days of the French Revolution. She loves to play and compose music, read and paint, and daydream about Christophe, her brother’s dashing fellow officer. But Hortense is not an ordinary girl. Her beautiful, charming mother Josephine has married Napoleon Bonaparte, soon to become the most powerful man in France, but viewed by Hortense as a coarse, unworthy successor to her elegant father, who was guillotined during the Terror.

Where will Hortense’s future lie?

Inspired by Hortense’s real-life autobiography with charming glimpses of teen life long ago, this is the story of a girl chosen by fate to play a role she didn’t choose.

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.

SANDRA GULLAND is an American-born Canadian novelist. She is the author of the internationally bestselling trilogy of novels based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte: The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.; Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe, which was a finalist for the Trillium Award; The Last Great Dance on Earth, as well as two novels set in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King: The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun. To date, Gulland’s novels have been published in nineteen countries and translated into sixteen languages. The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. was a bestseller in the UK. She divides her time between Ontario and Mexico.

Author Residence: Killaloe, Ontario

Author Hometown: Miami, Florida

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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