Monday, September 5, 2011

Book review: Troubles for Cécile by Denise Lewis Patrick

Troubles for Cécile by Denise Lewis Patrick (Published by American Girl, August 30, 2011)

This book begins in July 1853, shortly after the ending of book three. Cécile is worried when she hears her mother and aunt talking about yellow fever. There have always been cases of yellow fever in New Orleans every summer, but this year people seem much more worried. Many people are fleeing the city because they are so afraid.

Cécile's worst fears come true when her beloved older brother, Armand, catches yellow fever. Cécile is afraid for her brother, because many people in the city have died from the disease. Cécile must be strong and help her family and others in New Orleans, while praying that her brother will recover.

I loved the American Girls books as a child, but even now as an adult I am really enjoying the series about Marie-Grace and Cécile. I love the unusual historical setting of New Orleans in 1853, and I think telling the story from the points of view of two girls from very different backgrounds was a good choice. I think young girls will enjoy this series while hopefully learning about about a very unique place and time from American history.

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