One for All

Farrar. Mar. 2022. 400p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374314613.
Gr 7 Up–All French teenager Tania de Batz has ever wanted was to follow in her father’s footsteps as a Musketeer. Tania’s dizziness due to her disability and the fact that wo-men aren’t allowed to join the Musketeers make her believe it’s impossible. When her father is suddenly killed, his last wish is to send her to what appears to be a finishing school but is secretly a training facility for women to become Musketeers in their own right. Tania’s sisters in arms are all dynamic characters, and readers will be on the edge of their seats over the race to save the King before a potential assassination attempt. As shared in an author’s note, Lainoff draws from her own experience with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) to inform Tania’s daring tale of adventure through the streets of Paris. This fun historical fiction novel with mystery, swordplay, and romance is engaging from the outset. The race of characters is not stated.
VERDICT A thrilling retelling of The Three Musketeers that puts disabled and LGBTQIA+ women in the foreground as the heroes, this book has something for every reader to enjoy.

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