• A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
  • Selected for the 2014 IRA Young Adult Choices Reading List

Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

Available now from Scholastic!

ISBN – 978-0545468091 (hardcover)

“Alender skillfully weaves together the novel’s disparate elements to create a story that mixes slice-of-life teen drama with supernatural menace, infused with the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Paris that comes to life…”
Publishers Weekly

“All the flavor of a macaron, bound by a ganache of sweet, supernatural grit.”