I really liked this book. It made me feel a flurry of emotions, and that's what literature is for.
-- Jasmine H.
Andi Alpers is a depressed lonely girl, who just lost her brother. When her father hears about her flunking school he visits her and demands that her mother be put in a psycho ward and Andi accompany him to Paris to work on an outline for a paper on Amadé Mallherbeau that could save her grades. They stay with old family friends: Lilli, and G, who’s a French Revolution fanatic wanting to open a museum dedicated to that. Andi finds an old guitar case among his ruble with a secret compartment. She can open it with a key her brother gave her before he died. Inside is a diary about the life of Alexandrine Paradis, a poor actress living before and during the French Revolution, who becomes the companion of Louis-Charles the prince of France. During the Revolution, he was walled up in the Temple. There, he dies at the age of ten. While he is walled up, Alex becomes the Green Man who shoots fireworks in the sky at night so Louis might be able to see them from his cell. Her last entry explains how she’s dying in the catacombs. Andi ventures down the catacombs, and when she emerges, she finds herself in France amidst the aftermath of the Reign of Terror. She meets Amadé Malherbeau in person, and she stays in his apartment, trying to find a way back to the modern world...
-- Madeleine B.