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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 240
Themes: juvenile novel, magical realism, historical fiction, French Revolution
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 03/Sep/2019
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Resourceful fourteen-year-old Odette is on the move again, traveling as a stowaway on a cheese cart with her hapless mother, Anneline. They are in Burgundy, France, in 1799, fleeing yet another calamity caused by Anneline (who is prone to killing people accidentally). At dawn they find themselves in a town called Nevers, which is filled with eccentric characters, including a man who obsessively smells hands, another who dreams of becoming a chicken, and a donkey that keeps the town awake at night, braying about his narrow life. As Odette establishes a home in an abandoned guardhouse, she makes a friend in the relaxed Nicois and finds work as a midwife's assistant. She and Nicois uncover a mystery that may lead to riches and, more important for Odette, a sense of belonging.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials - May 28, 2019
"Nevers is a funny story, simply told, with a delightful heroine. It has been a long time since I've read such a convincing, relevant historical novel for children."
Kirkus Reviews - May 3, 2019
"This brief sojourn in an alternative 18th-century France is an unexpectedly rich one."
Kirkus Reviews - May 3, 2019
Nevers is a marvelous and magical book with an unforgettable heroine—prepare to be transported!”