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Ironhead, Or, Once a Young Lady

Ironhead, Or, Once a Young Lady

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A Junior Library Guild Selection

★ Action-packed. Rich with detail. Rowdy and contemplative in turn, this celebration of historical gender nonconformity is as compelling as it is fun.--Publishers Weekly (starred)

★ Stance is a delightfully chaotic protagonist, who is (scandalously) free with her affection and kisses and whose easy charm gets her out of more than little trouble. Thrilling, often hilarious, and sometimes tear-jerking, this romp of a story is reminiscent of classic adventure tales.--BCCB (starred)

A perfect choice for fans of adventure tales with a prominent feminist streak.--Booklist

Eighteen-year-old Constance is not interested in marriage or in being a young lady. But for a young woman coming of age in the early 1800s, that's just about all that's available to her. When her parents arrange her a marriage with a man more than twice her age, she's powerless to resist. Stance couldn't possibly find her newfound husband less appealing, but what can she do?

Here's what:

Four months into the marriage, she can slip out of their bed in the middle of the night, and she can put on his clothes. She can look in the mirror and like what she sees. She can sneak out of the house before dawn and visit the baker's scrawny son, who has just been drafted into the army, and offer to take his place. Vive l'Empereur!

Hot on Stance's tail all the while is her younger brother Pieter, determined to bring Stance back home to Ghent where she belongs. (The battlefield is no place for a young lady, after all.)

Ironhead, or, Once A Young Lady is the riotous and powerful story of a fierce renegade, and the silly men who try to bring her down.

Author: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem
Publisher: Levine Querido
Published: 03/01/2022
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.02lbs
Size: 9.36h x 6.30w x 1.34d
ISBN: 9781646140480
Age Range: 13-17

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2021
Publishers Weekly 12/20/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2022 - Book Of Special Distinction
Booklist 01/01/2022 pg. 70
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