I loved this series as a child and was glad to read Isabel's story. I love the era where the story takes place so I found it easy to enjoy. Isabel shows the potential that many great historical women have shown during their life times and Annie Dalton paints a picture that is easy to see. Although the books are designed for readers of a certain age I enjoyed it through and through.
Takes place in London, 1592. Printed by AmericanGirl books. Isabel knows women are supposed to stay at home and be quiet, but she longs for adventure.
London 1502 Girls must always be good and stay at home. But when you are a boy, the whole world can be your home. Men build houses and ships and sail off to discover strange new lands. But women must stay indoors, sewing stitches so fine that no one will ever see them. Our work is only visible if we do it badly. Aunt Elinor says I must be ladylike, like Sabine, But I will never be like Sabine in a thousand years....Inside cover: Twelve-year-old Isabel Campion dreams of freedom and adventure, especially now that her older sister, Sabine, is to be married-and all the household duties will fall to Isabel. When Isabel seizes a chance to sneak away to see a play, it ends in disaster. Isabel's found out, and her father sends her away from London to live with her aunt, whom Isabel hardly knows. On the way, Isabel is attacked by brigands. They leave her alive, but completely lost and alone. A band of traveling players takes Isabel along with them-disguised as a boy for safety. Isabel knows that the life of an actor is only temporary and ultimately not for her. But what is? I enjoyed her adventures of self discovery and coming to terms with her life's goals. If you enjoy the American Girls and other Girls of Many Lands books-you'll like this as well.
I thought this was a very good book! It was very exciting, and just a great read! I would say it would be for ages 12-16.