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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409527417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409527411
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Full of palace intrigue and shot through with dark magic, this is a thrilling story of a feisty young girl's fight for survival' - Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids; 'Traitor's Kiss by Pauline Francis, with its shades of Philippa Gregory or Jean Plaidy, tells the story of the teenaged Elizabeth I struggling with friendships, burgeoning sexuality, the ghost of her executed mother and the horror of having so few people to trust' - The Independent; 'Traitor's Kiss is a prime example of what I think YA historical should be and do. It is brilliantly engaging with characters that you are able to relate to easily. The story gives you a really good insight to the times it is set in without overburdening you with tiny details. Finally the storyline is nice and pacey which keeps you wanting to read page after page...Certainly a book I would recommend and an author I will be keeping an eye out for in the future' - The Overflowing Library; 'The story is really well written and the reader is drawn into young Elizabeth's struggles in this compelling story. The historical background is authentic and it is interesting to see this earlier period in the Queen's life covered' - Parents in Touch; 'Well written and paints a very sympathetic picture of Elizabeth as a young girl who has been manipulated and used by a powerful, charismatic and ambitious man, but a girl who showed maturity and skill beyond her years to outface her interrogators' - Carousel

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Author biography With 20 years of experience as a Secondary school teacher and trained librarian, Pauline has a passion for teaching and encouraging creative writing. Pauline had her first book published in 1994, and has had several books published since, including a number of retellings of well-known classics. Author location: Hertfordshire

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 9 Jan. 2012
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I have read and enjoyed all of Pauline Francis' historical tales and I can report they are all brilliant! I do love historical fiction! Many of us know the recorded facts about the lives of Anne Boleyn and her daughter Elizabeth, who was destined to become one of our country's greatest monarchs, but there is still room for books like this - that use the author's imagination to fill in the gaps between the facts!

Ms Francis has again used her knowledge and research to good effect and has given us a wonderful picture of the life Elizabeth may have lived.
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This book recalls Elizabeth I's life in her early teens, including the Thomas Seymour scandal. However, the book goes beyond this story line and introduces new aspects, bedlam, a secret brother and sugar roses...
Okay, to start with, I really liked this book. It was easy to read, engaging and was more suitable for children than say, 'Mary and Elizabeth' or 'The Lady Elizabeth'. Elizabeth was feisty, fun and knew where she was going in life, just as we imagine her as being. However, at certain points of the book, she spoke openly about her mother, something that throughout her life, Elizabeth never did. I understand that it was a part of the story, but the real Elizabeth would have learnt at a young age not to bring up Anne Boleyn, so when her father was dead and gone, she could barely remember her.
Another thing I found slightly irritating was that Elizabeth did not seem at all worried that her step-father was flirting and caressing her and seemed to dismiss it and continued with other things. At times it felt like the author was brushing over it and made me a little confused. Also, when Elizabeth sneaks away, which she does a lot, no one seems to notice. I am sure that someone would notice the King's sister sneaking away alone in the dead of night, wouldn't you?
All in all, this was a very good book, save for a few small errors, that were probably dismissed to make for a good story.
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By Kirsty at the Overflowing Library VINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2012
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The traitor's Kiss is a prime example of what I think YA historical should be and do. It is brilliantly engaging with characters that you are able to relate to easily. The story gives you a really good inslight to the times is is set in without overburdening you with tiny details. Finally the storyline is nice and pacey which keeps you wanting to read page after page.

This story follows a young Queen Elizabeth and she as she struggles to deal with her background and status of being the daughter of Anne Boleyn. I thought the story was told well and in a really insightful way which allowed you to get a real flavour of politics at the time. I liked how accessible Elizabeth was as a character and found that the issues she was dealing with were very relatable to a modern audience.

I found the story itself went by all too fast - I devoured the book in one sitting because I simply didn't want to put it down and found myself wanting to know what happened next (which is also a bit crazy because we all know what happens next!)

Certainly a book I would recommend and an author I will be keeping an eye out for in the future.
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By Parents in Touch TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 July 2011
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This is a gripping story, written in the first person, which really gets the reader right inside the life of the future Queen Elizabeth I as she fights to keep herself safe through the treachery that is rife in Tudor England. Nowhere seems safe for the young Elizabeth, as she seeks to find out the truth about her mother, Anne Boleyn. At all turns, it seems there is danger and she fights desperately to keep her integrity and preserve her reputation unscathed. The story is really well written and the reader is drawn into young Elizabeth's struggles in this compelling story. The hsitorical background is authentic and it is interesting to see this earlier period in the Queen's life covered.
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