I'll admit that with no background in the subject of this book whatsoever, I didn't realize it was a biography until I was quite a few pages into into it and looked it up, because the writing style confused me. Daughter is a biography of Marie Roland, a significant figure in the French revolution. Unfortunately, she met an untimely demise at the guillotine.
This book would be a very, very tough sell. The librarian in me was instantly irked at the fact that it contained no bibliography or citations to verify anything that it said. Additionally, it's a very thick volume and unless you have a background in French history and/or language, the world and names are rather disorienting (especially the author's insistence on writing out digits, for example, Louis Seize instead of Louis XVI). I didn't know enough about the people involved to care enough to continue to plod through it, so I gave up halfway through (a first for me in this Newbery endeavor). I'm a little disappointed in myself, but not enough to go back and try it again.