In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger.
She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as Le Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sèbastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of Le Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sèbastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
JLG Release: Dec 2019
Awards & Honors
Entertainment Weekly Best YA Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
8" x 6"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Sexual assault, Strong language, Strong sexual themes, Violence
Supernatural creatures, Dressmaking, Murder, New Orleans, Louisiana, Nineteenth-century US history, Mystery and detective stories, Secret societies, Convents, Serial killers, Vampires,