Cecile: Gates of Gold

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Twelve-year-old Cecile Revel is given a change to leave her peasant life and serve at King Louis XIV's court. She finds life within the palace gates is not as full of ease and elegance as she had imagined. Faced with a test of conscience, Cecile shows that behaving in a noble matter has little to do with one's place at birth.

Mary Casanova is the award-winning author of seven novels for middle-grade and young adult readers, including Wolf Shadows, Moose Tracks, Riot, Stealing ...

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Cecile Revel is given a change to leave her peasant life and serve at King Louis XIV's court. She finds life within the palace gates is not as full of ease and elegance as she had imagined. Faced with a test of conscience, Cecile shows that behaving in a noble matter has little to do with one's place at birth.

Mary Casanova is the award-winning author of seven novels for middle-grade and young adult readers, including Wolf Shadows, Moose Tracks, Riot, Stealing Thunder, and Curse of a Winter Moon, also set in France.

In 1711, twelve-year-old C§ecile Revel unexpectedly gets the chance to serve Louis XIV's sister-in-law at the palace of Versailles, but instead of a dream come true, life at court proves to be complicated and precarious.

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Gr 5-7-Cecile and her father live in a peasant village in France in the early 1700s. Out in the forest one day, she rescues a noble woman who was injured in a fall from her horse. The woman, known as Madame, is the sister-in-law of King Louis XIV and rewards Cecile with a position at court caring for her dogs. The 12-year-old soon discovers that life at Versailles is more than gilded halls and magnificent parties. She must learn the strict court etiquette, not make any enemies, and ignore the gossip and intrigue. However, the girl finds that staying in favor at court is a delicate balancing act. Readers are introduced to the royal family through her eyes. The action builds steadily and will sustain readers' interest. A short history of France in the early 1700s and a glossary of French words are included. "American Girl" fans will be charmed by Cecile and her regal life.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584855187
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Girls of Many Lands Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 636,685
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    I loved it. I want to read the whole series. It was a sad story but, yet a very exciting one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    I am 12 and even though i grew out of american girl i still love this book. I couldn't put it down once i started it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2004

    Cecile: Gates of Gold

    This was an amazing book! I loved it so much and recomend it to all girls 10 to 12! It taught me so much about the French court in a fun way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    Good Book

    This book was very good! Cecile was very bold and was not afraid to speak up. I loved this book and I am glad I bought it. You should read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Cecile's Hard Times

    this book is very good. if you like books about sadness and adventure this is the book.it is exciting. plus while you read you can learn french while your at it. i cant tell all the details but inthe book her father die while she is at the palace and her mother was already dead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Absolutely Fabulous!

    I absolutely love Medieval European History and I love learning about the time period of Kings and Queens, and France and England have some of the most interesting stories to tell during the Middle Ages. In this book, Cecile was such a strong, bold character and she stood up for what she believed in. The story also showed how life was really like back then, not all glitz and glamour and royalty- it showed the peasants' lives and how hard they were compared to the royal family's. The story had very interesting plot twists, although some were very easy to guess at. Overall, this book wonderfully depicted life in France for both nobility and the poor during the Middle Ages, and is a wonderful read for any girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Cecile: Gates of Gold

    Cecile is a peasant girl in France in the early 1700s. When she and her father rescue a royal woman named Madame who is hurt in the forest, she thanks them by giving Cecile a position at the royal court of Versailles! As Madame's royal servant, she takes care of Madame's dogs. While there, she makes friends with the two young princes, recieves a tragic letter, breaks the rules, gets in trouble, and meets a nice young page boy. And she learns a lot about her family, her past, and herself. This book is very exciting and I would recommend it to EVERYONE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2003

    Cécile: A Veil Lifted

    When I first saw this book I thought that it was going to be another pampered palace type book where Cécilewishes that she was the princess instead of a servent and blah, blah, blah. I was surprised when I read this book and saw how good it really was. Through Cécile eyes the reader can see how palace life isn't as perfect as one would imagine. How it is one big show we're all the people who live in the palace are the actors. The author describes everything clearly and keeps the story flowing. Cécile also has to make a chose of weather to go with the crowd or to speak her mind just like girls today have to. In the end Cécile's decission means life or death. Any readers from grades 4-8 would enjoy reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2003

    Cecile,of Versailles

    Well she wasn't the princess,Queen, or Madame` but she might as well have been! Cecile` has pizzaz and enough poise to be the stunning, elegant princess of Versaille. Cecile` is corageous, cool, funny, and heroic. In the story, she defends her father, discovers things abouther families past, and saved the prince! She fight for what she thinks is right and has a good time doing it too. She also comes face-to-face with reality, and does it with pride. Cecile` isn't a princess but better than a lot of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    I want to go to Versailles too!

    I enjoyed this book, every scrumptious word of it. From the first chapter when a woman falls off her horse to the court intrigue surrounding Louis XIV and his son and grandsons, I felt as though I had an excellent idea of what life was like in this time period. It's an INTERESTING book most of all, but I found myself liking Cecile and Phillip and Madame--I wanted to meet them all. Ms. Casanova does a great job of describing the time, the place, and the people, and the difference between the very wealthy and the very poor. I hope she'll write more books in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    A Worthwhile Read

    This book was good and it showed how different life was then. It weaves in bits of Cecile's past with the life in the palace. There were happy and sad parts and I found myself mad with everything Cecile had to get through. Cecile showed courage and stood up for what she believed in(even when it got her in trouble!). Even though there were parts of this book that I didn't like very much, this is very informative about life in France and how different the peasants and the nobles lived.

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