The Queen's Soprano
By Carol Dines
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152054779, 336pp.)
Publication Date: May 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Seventeen-year-old Angelica Voglia has the voice of an angel. But in seventeenth-century Rome, the pope has forbidden women to sing in public. To make matters worse, her controlling mother is determined to marry her off to a wealthy nobleman, even though Angelica is in love with a poor French artist. Angelica's only hope to sing before an audienceand escape a forced marriageis to flee to Queen Christina's court, where she will become the queen's soprano. But she soon discovers that the palace walls are not completely secure . . . and her freedom will require even greater sacrifice than she imagined.
CAROL DINES is the author of two previous young adult novels, Talk to Me and Best Friends Tell the Best Lies. She lives half of each year in Rome, where she discovered and researched Angelica's story, and the other half in Minneapolis, Minnesota.