The Ruby Talisman
Welcome to the French Revolution
When Tilly's aunt tells her of their ancestress who survived the French Revolution, she shows Tilly a priceless heirloom. Tilly falls asleep wearing the ruby talisman, wishing she could escape to a more adventurous life
In 1789, Amelie-Mathilde is staying at the opulent palace of Versailles. Her guardians want her to marry the horrible old Chevalier to revive their fortunes. Amelie-Mathilde falls asleep holding her own ruby talisman, wishing someone would come to her rescue.
Tilly wakes up beside Amelie-Mathilde, and the timing couldn't be worse. The Bastille has fallen and starving peasants are rioting across the country. Belinda Murrell brings alive the unforgettable and turbulent world of France's revolution, where fans and handkerchiefs flutter in rooms of silver mirrors and lavish gilding. But trouble is brewing outside. The palace is in chaos. Tilly knows that Amelie and her cousin Henri must escape from France if they are to survive the Revolution ahead. But with mutinous villagers, vengeful servants and threats at every turn, there seems nowhere to run. Will they ever reach England and safety?>
Belinda Murrell is from a very literary family, with a history of Australian writers stretching back 180 years. Belinda has been a professional writer fro more than twenty years, and has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan. She is also inspired by her travels around the world, including living with an Aboriginal family on the remote Dampier Peninsula and exploring the Stzelecki Desert. Belinda's books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy and Scottish timeslip tale The Locket of Dreams.
The Ruby Talisman
Random House Australia
Author: Belinda Murrell