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Ironhead, or, Once a Young Lady



by
Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Levine Querido
ISBN
9781646140480
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Graphic Descriptions , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Moderate Language , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
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Eighteen-year-old Constance is not interested in marriage or in being a "young lady. " But for a young woman coming of age in the early 1800s, that ’s just about all that ’s available to her. When her parents arrange her a marriage with a man more than twice her age, she ’s powerless to resist. Stance couldn ’t possibly find her newfound husbandless appealing, but what can she do?

Here ’s what:

Four months into the marriage, she can slip out of their bed in the middle of the night, and she can put on his clothes. She can look in the mirror and like what she sees. She can sneak out of the house before dawn and visit the baker ’s scrawny son, who has just been drafted into the army, and offer to take his place. Vive l ’Empereur!

Hot on Stance ’s tail all the while is her younger brother Pieter, determined to bring Stance back home to Ghent where she belongs. (The battlefield is no place for a young lady, after all.)

Ironhead, or, Once A Young Lady is the riotous and powerful story of a fierce renegade, and the silly men who try to bring her down.

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POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Graphic Descriptions , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Moderate Language , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

432

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 5 9/10"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2022

Book Genres

Historical Fiction, Adventure

Topics

Napoleonic Wars, 1800–1815. Gender identity. Coming of age. Nineteenth-century history of Ghent, Belgium. Arranged marriage. Action and adventure. Survival stories. Self-esteem and self-reliance.

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