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  Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin

Review by: Justinn H.
Minnesota, Grade 10

Betsy and the Emperor is a novel written by Staton Rabin. In this book, a fourteen year old girl named Betsy Balcombe is just getting home from boarding school when she discovers that Napoleon Bonaparte, the most feared man on the planet, is coming to St. Helena to live in her familyís guest house. The story is great throughout, but really starts to take off when Betsy and Emperor Napoleon start to become friends.
One of the things that I liked the most about this book is that, when youíre reading, you can also learn about the emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte, and also about their lives and their secret story. Betsy goes through many things throughout the book that I can relate to, even though I am from a different time and place.

When I read the story, I could imagine everything that was going on. The writing was descriptive and it was a pretty unique book. Some parts were a little more boring than others, but every page had great details that made the story a whole.
Overall, I would give the book four out of five stars. I really liked the story and how the author researched everything about Napoleon and Betsyís lives, down to how Napoleonís left leg twitched when he was angry due to a battle wound. I found that the story was complete, and not lacking anything, especially when I read the epilogue. I would definitely recommend this book.

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