author: Yann Fastier

ages: 12+

544 pages

paperback

Talents Hauts

The Fox and the Crown

  • A bestselling adventure novel between political intrigues and passionate love. Croatia, late 19th century: Ana is ten when she finds herself living in the streets on her own. She joins a group of street children led by intriguing Dunja. She learns how to survive and becomes a skillful pickpocket until one day she meets a French naturalist, surprised and amused by the fact she can speak his language in a very refined and old-fashioned way. He takes her to France with him where he and his wife adopt her and let her live a peaceful life in the countryside. Ten years later, Dunja finds Ana and tells her about a secret which will set her life on an adventure she would never have expected. Filled with twists, this fast paced plot is also the story of a little girl who grows up and discovers her identity, love, politics and stands for who she is and what she thinks is right.

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    In the media:

    'Out of Fastier’s dense but beautiful and eminently readable prose, with its lively twists and turns, a magnificent adventure story is born.' Le Monde
    'A fabulous reading adventure: imaginative and free-thinking, subversive and full of gusto, a gripping page-turner with plenty of food for thought. Télérama
    'A beautifully written tale of adventure; a rite of passage with a hint of subversion, brimming with imagination.' Voici
    'A novel of myriad atmospheres, narrative threads and twists; a breath of adventure, friendship and love.’ Ouest France