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Maid of Secrets: Maids of Honor, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Engrossing Elizabethan tale of murder and intrigue.

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Putting espionage and romance up against the colorful and realistic backdrop of the Elizabethan age draws MAID OF SECRETS' readers into a fascinating historical era. Seen through the eyes of a newly arrived outsider, we learn the perils of royal intrigue right along with Meg. Kids will enjoy the clever solutions that people came up with to solve problems without modern technology (like an alarm clock that uses dripping water or tying intricate knots to see whether someone's opened a package). That said, modernized language keeps the material easy to access, so don't expect spot-on historical accuracy.

Meg is an appealing, whip-smart heroine whose struggles with friendship, truth, and loyalty make her easy for kids to identify with and admire. Parents will appreciate the value she places on educating herself and how her high self esteem and creative thinking help her navigate some tough problems. Planned as the first installment in a series, this satisfying mystery is likely to have readers looking forward to many more adventures.

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