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Betsy and the Emperor

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Historical fluff has teen and Napoleon as unlikely friends.

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age 11+

RE: Don't let your kids read this if you don't like profanity

This book has more than just one utterance of hell in it. Someone needs to reread it. I would NOT approve of this for any of my children! Not even early teens.

Is It Any Good?

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These are cardboard characters that don't engender much emotion. Betsy is "headstrong" yet also thoughtless. And all the girl-power in the book is negated by  the short-sighted, predictable ambitions of this spoiled teen.

The odd mix of historical details and preposterous plot lines never gel to make a respectable romance or an alternative history. The author's note at the end explains that most of the characters were based on actual people, and that records show that the exiled Bonaparte did make the acquaintance of Betsy and her family. But that doesn't seem to make the story any more intriguing.

Book Details

  • Author: Staton Rabin
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: March 24, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 294
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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