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Children's LiteratureAlexander Dumas wrote more than six hundred books in his lifetime. His most memorable ones were the adventures of The Three Musketeers. In their final adventure called The Man in the Iron Mask, the musketeers plot to replace King Louis XIV of France with a masked prisoner from the French Bastille who is thought to be Louis' twin brother and the real king of France. Author Raymond H. Harris retells Dumas'story based on historical facts and events. There are twenty chapters in this book, beginning with the visit to the Bastille and the freeing of the mysterious prisoner. Later chapters follow the adventures of the three musketeers as they try to reveal the true royal leader of the French people. The Musketeers who go by the names of Aramis, Athos, and Porthos, add another one to their ranks called D'Artagnan, who earned this honor when he helped the Three Musketeers recover the Queen of France's stolen diamonds. Adventure, mystery, and an interesting plot move this story forward as the musketeers chant, "One for all and all for one!" Young readers will enjoy this nearly 250 page adaptation because the dialogue is fast-paced, easy to read, and keeps the story moving. Illustrations are black and white. 2005, ABDO Publishing Company, Ages 10 to 12.
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