Prisoners In The Palace: How Princess Victoria Became Queen With The Help Of Her Maid, A Reporter, And A Scoundrel


Liza Hastings never imagined her life taking this kind of turn. She's always had money, she had dreams of being a lady (she's been training for it!). When her parents dies in a carriage crash, Liza's life crashes, too. She has no money, she has no station, and she needs a job. Her only option is to become a maid; and as luck would have it, she becomes a maid to Princess Victoria, the future queen of England. Victoria's handlers - including her mother - have other plans. As Liza digs deeper into the court intrigue, she finds herself in over her head. How can she, a maid,, possibly help Victoria?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Part mystery, part history - readers will be intrigued by this compelling story. This has excellent potential as a high interest / low readability book.

Content Awareness Factors:


Parent Reaction

I loved this book from beginning to end. This is historical fiction at its best. The story is compelling, with plenty of suspense / mystery and great characters. I found myself wanting to dig more deeply into 19th Century history and Victoria's ascent to the throne.

Type of Book:
This is an historical fiction novel told from the perspective of one of Princess Victoria's maids.
Educational Themes:

History is artfully woven into this fictional story. This would definitely be a great jumping-off place for exploring Victorian England.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least! If you know a reader who loves strong female characters and/or historical fiction, this is a must buy.

Title Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel
Author Michaela MacColl
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2010
ISBN 9780811873000
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Cultures & Tradition, Friendship, Historical Fiction, History
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