By Chronicle Books

Reviewed for Middle School, 2010

Recently orphaned and penniless, 16-year-old Liza is forced to take a job as Princes Victoria's maid. She is immediately thrust head-long into the political battle to make a queen of the young princess. Based on newly discovered information, this fine piece of historical fiction is a delight to read, full of rich details on the style, fashion, and etiquette of Victorian England. Maccoll's studies in multi-disciplinary history at Yale make her a superbly accurate and prolific writer in this, her first book. (Chronicle Books, $11.46)