The Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliott

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Eugenie de Boncoeur is growing up in Paris, unaware that her guardian has contracted her to marry the sinister spymaster known as 'le Fantome' when she turns sixteen. She finds herself falling for the handsome lawyer, Guy Deschamps, but there is little time for romance; France is descending into chaos as the Revolution takes hold. Soon Eugenie is fleeing for her life. Her brother Armand has become involved in a plot to save the King from the guillotine, the mob is searching for aristocrats, and le Fantome, the pale assassin, is on their trail - desperate for revenge.

About Patricia Elliott

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Patricia Elliott was born in London, but grew up in Europe and the Far East. A voracious reader since childhood (where she had the resources of ten different school libraries), she also made up ghost stories to scare her friends! As an adult, she worked in publishing in London and in a children's bookshop in New York. She now teaches a course in children's literature at an adult education college, and is writing further novels. She lives in Barnes with her husband and two sons. Her first book, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a first novel, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the West Sussex award. Her second novel, Murkmere, was longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.
Published November 1, 2009 by Holiday House. 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eugénie and older brother Armand have no idea that ten years ago, in 1779, an assassin named Goullet swore eternal vengeance against their father for gambling losses and humiliation.

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Summary: Eugenie, an aristocrat living in Paris, more interested in clothes and romance is forced to flee and abandon her lifestyle when the French revolution breaks out.

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Historical Novel Society

Eugenie de Boncoeur is a typical 14-year-old aristocrat in France during its Revolution: unaware and frivolous.

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