Waiting for the Queen

Waiting for the Queen
Waiting for the Queen
Young Readers

Waiting for the Queen

A Novel of Early America
“Exciting, touching, and so real that I didn’t want it to end.”
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Fifteen-year-old Eugenie de La Roque escapes the French Revolution with little more than her precious dog and the clothes on her back. Along with her family, she sails to America, hoping to find glorious French Azilum amid the wilderness of Pennsylvania. But when they arrive, they discover that the village awaiting them is nothing like the festive balls or carefully manicured gardens they’ve left behind.

Hannah Kimbrell is a young Quaker who has been chosen to help prepare the settlement for the arrival of the aristocrats. But in truth she wants nothing more than to be home with her mother and baby brother. Her homesickness is only deepened by the demands of the newly arrived French nobles, who are dismayed to find that simple log cabins are their only protection against the coming winter.

In this wild place away from home and the memories they hold dear, Eugenie and Hannah find more in common than they first realize. A story of friendship against all odds, Waiting for the Queen is a loving portrait of the values of early America, and a reminder that true nobility is more than a royal title. 

18th century, adventure, American, asylum, azilum, coming of age, cultures, differences, different, france, French, friendship, girls, historical, history, immigrants, kids, middle grade, novels, opposites, Pennsylvania, poor, quakers, refugees, revolution, rich, slaves, teens, wilderness, ya, young adult
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5.63 × 8.25 × 0.88 in
14 oz
Joanna Higgins

Joanna Higgins is the author of Waiting for the Queen: A Novel of Early America, a novel for young readers, as well as A Soldier's BookDead Center, and The Importance of High Places, a collection of short stories.

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