In 1789, with the starving French people on the brink of revolution, orphaned Celie Rosseau, an amazing artist and a very clever thief, runs wild with her protector, Algernon, trying to join the idealistic freedom fighters of Paris. But when she is caught stealing from none other than the king's brother and the lady from the waxworks, Celie must use her drawing talent to buy her own freedom or die for her crimes. Forced to work for Madame Tussaud inside the opulent walls that surround Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Celie is shocked to find that the very people she imagined to be monsters actually treat her with kindness. But the thunder of revolution still rolls outside the gates, and Celie is torn between the cause of the poor and the safety of the rich. When the moment of truth arrives, will she turn on Madame Tussaud or betray the boy she loves? From the hidden garrets of the starving poor to the jeweled halls of Versailles, Madame Tussaud's Apprentice is a sweeping story of danger, intrigue, and young love, set against one of the most dramatic moments in history.
"An unusual lens on the French Revolution.... Duble's writing flows smoothly...an intriguing look at an ever compelling time." --Kirkus Reviews
"Well paced and captivating, Duble's novel effectively explores the shades of gray in the French Revolution." --Booklist
"Madame Tussaud's Apprentice is a fascinating historical drama. The rich background of revolutionary France provides readers with a fascinating look at that terrifying time. Celie and Algernon's star-crossed love is poignant and gripping." --The Children's Book Review
"An amazing tale of rich versus poor set during the French Revolution.... The art which is involved is mesmerizing and intriguing. Understanding the live representation of news and event through this art, along with the culture it represented is a unique view of the days of the revolution makes Madame Tussaud's Apprentice a wonderful historical fiction novel." --San Diego Book Review