Velvet

Velvet

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By (author) Mary Hooper

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 26mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747599211
  • ISBN 13: 9780747599210
  • Sales rank: 262,246

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Velvet is a laundress in a Victorian steam laundry. With both her mother and father dead, she is an orphan and has to rely upon her own wits to make a living. The laundry's work is back-breaking and Velvet is desperate to create a better life for herself. Then Velvet is noticed by Madame Savoya, a famed medium, who asks Velvet to come to work for her. Velvet is dazzled at first by the young yet beautifully dressed and bejewelled Madame. But soon Velvet realises that Madame Savoya is not all that she says she is, and Velvet's very life is in danger ...A romantic and thrillingly exciting new novel from an acclaimed and much loved historical writer for teens.

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Mary Hooper is a very popular writer for children and young adults. Her brilliant historical novels have a huge fan base, as do her contemporary novels for teenagers. At The Sign of the Sugared Plum was selected as part of the 2010 Booked Up scheme and Fallen Grace has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2011. Mary lives in Henley-on-Thames.

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Hooper's storylines pack a 21st-century punch ... Historical fiction worthy of the genre -- Amanda Foreman New York Times Praise for Velvet: Powerfully plotted ... almost a teen version of Sarah Waters' Affinity with a bit of Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather thrown in Independent on Sunday Praise for Fallen Grace: 'By any standards, an exceptional novel ... the gift for taking historical situations and making them emotionally engaging is far too rare ... after six historical novels, this one is Hooper's breakthrough and its characterisation, plotting and atmosphere are first-rate and deserve prizes ... Not since Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke has there been such a gorgeous evocation of Victorian life - or so satisfying a conclusion' Amanda Craig, The Times 'This wonderfully atmospheric story, set in Victorian London, will draw in teenage girls with its blend of sadness, hardship and redemption ... A sensitive and tautly-plotted novel, intelligently told' Daily Mail