Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the author of several historical novels, including For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy, which received starred reviews in Booklist and Kirkus Reviews and was an IRA Teacher's Choice, a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction selection, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and a Bank Street Best Book. She lives with her husband and two children in Bristol, Tennessee.

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ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD ISABELLE IS A LACEMAKER IN THE TOWN OF VERSAILLES. One day as she delivers lace to the palace, she is almost trampled by a crowd of courtiers -- only to be rescued by Marie Antoinette. Before Isabelle can believe it, she has a new job -- companion to the queen's daughter. Isabelle is given a fashionable name, fashionable dresses -- a new identity. At home she plies her needle under her grandmother's disapproving eye. At the palace she is playmate to a princess. Thrown into a...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Ninety percent of writing is the application of the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair." Mark Twain

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I'll have to ask my family....in college it was "furthermore," but I think I've quit saying that. My children like, "avoid the appearance of impropriety."

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. The ability to see things from other points of view--essential in a writer.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'm it--not perfect, but I'm doing my best to be the person I want to be.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I know it's different for every person. I think we are most happy when we are completely immersed in something that brings us joy.

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