Series Spotlight: The Royal Diaries

I read the above three books depicted in the Royal Diaries series: Cleopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile; Eleanor, Crown Jewel of Aquitaine; and Sondok, Princess of the Moon and Stars. The Royal Diaries was Scholastic's spin-off of the Dear America series, but wasn't as successful, and was cancelled sooner than its predecessor. I would … Continue reading Series Spotlight: The Royal Diaries

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Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

This is a very neat little retelling/fictitious diary of Marie Antoinette's younger years, and her days before she becomes the notorious Queen of France. The author uses her imagination to invent a childhood for Marie that girls today may relate to, and all the events leading up to her arranged marriage and the obscene pomp … Continue reading Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer

This book was originally part of Scholastic's Royal Diaries series. We meet the last Grand Duchess of Russia, Anastasia, in her tender adolescence, and read all about what her life was like with her siblings, prior to the Revolution and their deaths. This diary-formatted book is a good introduction to the history of the Romanovs and … Continue reading Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

This book rocks so hard. Junior, a modern Native American teen from the Spokane Indian Reservation, is the charming narrator of this terrific fictional diary– The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian– by award-winning author, Sherman Alexie. Junior aspires to be a cartoonist and tells his unique, hilarious, and heart-wrenching story in humorous, original … Continue reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

When author Mary Ann Shaffer passed away, her niece, Annie Barrows, took up the mantle of completing the novel her aunt had been researching and writing. The resulting product of their joint efforts is this delightful little story, entitled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. We meet a variety of characters, including our lovable … Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Sena Jeter Naslund takes up the ambitious task of chronicling the life of Marie Antoinette, 18th century queen of France, in Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette. In this fictional journal/memoir, Naslund does not depict Marie Antoinette as the cold, vain and selfish queen as her reception has been throughout history. Rather, the young woman exposes … Continue reading Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Volumes I – IV

When I was around age sixteen, I read the first four of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries novels: The Princess Diaries, Princess in the Spotlight, Princess in Love, and Princess in Waiting. The books are the fictitious journals of Mia Thermopolis, a New York high schooler who is self-conscious about her flat chest and geeky status, among … Continue reading The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Volumes I – IV