Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins

Teen historical romance Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins was published by Avon in 2002. On page one, we meet seventeen-year-old Catherine, a wealthy young woman living in Revolutionary-era Boston, the moment she discovers that her presumed-dead elder brother might actually still be alive. Intent on rescuing him, she seeks help from her brother's … Continue reading Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins

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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

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