Madame Tussaud’s Apprentice

By Kathleen Benner Duble

ISBN: 9781846883811

320 pages

RRP: £5.59

Célie Rousseau is a talented young artist who, along with her partner Algernon, resorts to petty thieving on the streets of Paris to survive. It is 1789: rumours of rebellion against the monarchy are starting to spread in the capital, and the two of them get involved in the idealistic revolutionary fervour. But when she is caught stealing from the brother of the King himself, Célie is saved only thanks to her drawing skills and the intercession of Marie Tussaud, the famous waxworks artist and a favourite at the French court, who decides to employ her.

Suddenly Célie finds herself whisked away from the tumult of Paris to the safety and opulence of Versailles. This raises a difficult moral dilemma for the young lady who had until recently dreamt of overthrowing the very people who now treat her with kindness: should she compromise her ideals and risk losing Algernon – whom she loves – or should she stay true to the cause of the poor and the revolution?


  • A political romance rooted in historical fact, this is a warm and exciting novel for teenage readers.

    The School Librarian Journal

  • An intriguing look at an ever compelling time.

    Kirkus Marketing Reviews

  • As a young adult-themed novel, it includes a bit of romance, much adventure and a satisfying protagonist who changes her views through experience.

    Historical Novels Review

  • Madame Tussaud’s Apprentice is a fascinating historical drama. The rich background of revolutionary France provides readers with a fascinating look at that terrifying time.

    The Children's Book Review

  • Well paced and captivating.

    The Booklist

Kathleen Benner Duble

Kathleen Benner Duble had sixteen car accidents before she was twenty-one. Being an at-home writer keeps her from hitting the road – or anyone else! She is the author of nine books for children. Kathleen loves digging for unique historical fiction ideas and encouraging students and lovers of books to look for great stories right in their own back yard. Be sure to check out her newest novel, Madame Tussaud’s Apprentice and join her in starting a reading revolution!

Read an interview with Kathleen Benner Duble here