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The Princess and the Suffragette by Holly Webb - Review

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I have been having some personal issues which mean that I haven't been able to read like I normally would, I've just not got the head space for it. I had started a book, but had to put it down because I just couldn't follow what was happening. Then I came across this book in a pile of books and realised I really wanted to read it, so I did. It was just exactly what I needed, I really liked it!

It's a sequel to A Little Princess, which was a book I loved when I was younger. I had a whole set of classic novels and although I liked a lot of them this was the one I really loved and read more than once. So when I saw this sequel was coming out to coincide with the centenary of some women getting the vote, I knew I wanted to read it. I was lucky enough to get it for Christmas through a swap.

I love the cover, first of all, in the Suffragette colours of purple and green. I also really like that I got the hardback, it feels like a really nice edition that will look lovely on the bookshelf.

So, the story focusses on Lottie, who we met in A Little Princess. She's very little in that book, but in the beginning of this she's about to turn eleven. She is pretty miserable at Miss Minchin's school, and seems to always be in bother with Miss Minchin. She ends up getting friendly with Sally, a new maid in the school, who is a Suffragette herself. Lottie, looking for something else in her life, begins to get interested in the movement too, and in the process finds out some things about her own life.

It's an easy book, suitable for any child who liked A Little Princess. The language isn't as difficult, and there are definite modern nods, meaning it is perhaps easier to read. Lottie is a likeable character and I would like to read more about her - she's definitely got a lot about her. I liked her relationship with Sally as well as the things which kept them apart.

There's some violence in the book, but not much and it isn't graphic, but it could be a good way to talk about the Suffragettes and Emily Davison in particular. I really liked the way it was done from a little girl's point of view.

All in all, I enjoyed this and am giving it four out of five.

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