Monday, June 9, 2008

Sovay by Celia Rees - NO

Rees, Celia Sovay, pgs.416 Bloomsbury USA Children's Books.

Language~PG-13, Sexual Content~PG-13; Violence~PG-13;

HS – NO.

Sovay is not your average young lady especially in 1783 England. In order to seek revenge against her former fiancé, Sovay dresses up as a highway man and begins to hold up carriages and travelers. The story segues into the more important battle going on in France. This is the time of the French revolution and Sovay’s brother and father are in France, and haven’t been heard from.

This book’s cover is extremely attractive, but that is the best part of the package. The story is disjointed and stagnant in spots. While this is a time of violence and darkness in Europe’s history, the presence of a of child prostitution, Madame, and one of the boys involved seems out of place in a book aimed at teens. This title is not one I will be recommending, even with its stunning cover.

Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

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