- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (1 Oct. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689836368
- ISBN-13: 978-0689836367
- Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 13 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,136,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
For Maritsa, with Love Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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A poignant story of a young homeless girl, living in the Paris Metro. Ambitious and challenging reading. -- Books Magazine, Christmas 2001
An unusual and powerful novel that explores the dark underside of Paris beautiful façade a moving and engrossing work about vulnerability and hope -- The Bookseller
Highly atmospheric and engagingly readable. -- Irish Times
Part odyssey and part cautionary tale. -- Times Educational Supplement
Richemonts novel ... does not shirk the issues of refugees and prejudice. It is a terrific page-turner. -- The Guardian
From the Publisher
The inspiration for FOR MARITSA, WITH LOVE came during the two years when Enid lived in Paris and encountered a Romanian gipsy girl, who was to become the complex, beguiling and utterly unforgettable Maritsa. Maritsa is a young gipsy girl, spending her days jumping on and off the Paris Metro, begging for a living. She knows how to melt rich commuters hearts without unduly disturbing their day. At first, shes content, but then Maritsa catches a glimpse of a different world, just beyond her grasp. Or is it? A man and his pretty wife offer her a screen test for a movie. For Maritsa, its a dream come true. Fame is just around the corner, along with money and, best of all, beautiful clothes. But Maritsas dreams are about to take her into a dark and dangerous world. A world from which, once she enters, there may be no return. FOR MARITSA, WITH LOVE is one of the most haunting novels for teenagers youll read this year. Enid Richemonts dazzling language and compelling characterisation perfectly evokes the heady world of lowlife Paris.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Maritsa herself has found that she has had to grpw up quickly and has never had the chance to be a child.
The characters in this story are interesting and refreshing, and you will want to keep reading for the wonderful descriptive language. However, the storyline packs no punches.