A Tale of the Wars of the Roses, the novel that inspired our Grisly Grisell movie, is top on book our list of book suggestions for tween girls. Overflowing with virtuous examples, this novel will keep you eagerly turning the pages. It is a touching ugly duckling tale that holds the imagination from start to finish.
Fifteen-year-old Leonard Copeland and ten-year-old Grisell are on opposite sides of the English civil war. They are betrothed to mend a family feud and placed in the same castle to be raised together in the hope of them growing to love one another.
Nothing could suit little Grisell better and she enjoys following around the good-looking older boy and dreaming of the day when they will be happily married. The last thing teenage Leonard wants is a little girl following him around. As a joke and to spook her from following him around any more, he throws a lighted stick in a barrel of gunpowder while she is leaning over it.
Far from being funny, the explosion badly burns Grisell, leaving her marred for the rest of her life. The contract is broken on account of her no longer being marriageable and Grisell is left to a life bereft of affection, spurned always because of her looks.
Beloved for its chivalry, innocent romance and excitement, A Tale of the Wars of the Roses Grisly Grisell teaches young readers that patience and true virtue can make even a person who is not physically attractive beautiful. "Beauty is more than skin deep."
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