A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II describes the privileged life in her family up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.
Award-winning author Carolyn Meyer's ANASTASIA is back in print with a gorgeous new package! Thirteen-year-old Anastasia is the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II, ruler of Russia. Anastasia is used to a life of luxury; her major concerns are how to get out of her detested schoolwork to play in the snow, go ice-skating, or have picnics. She wears diamonds and rubies, and every morning her mother tells her which matching outfit she and her three sisters shall wear that day. It's a fairy tale life -- until everything changes with the outbreak of war between Russia and Germany. As Russia enters WWI, hunger and poverty grows among the peasants, and soon they are not pleased with their ruler. While the czar is trying win a war and save their country, the country is turning on the royal family. When her father and the rest of the family are imprisoned by the Bolsheviks, suddenly Anastasia understands what this war is costing the people. In the pages of her diary, Anastasia chronicles the wealth and luxury of her royal days, as well as the fall from power, and her uncertain fate.
After her best friend commits suicide, Jenny starts a hotline for people to call anonymously to talk about their troubles.
Imprisonment. Betrayal. Lost love. Murder. What more must a princess endure? Elizabeth Tudor's teenage and young adult years during the turbulent reigns of Edward and then Mary Tudor are hardly those of a fairy-tale princess. Her mother has been beheaded by Elizabeth's own father, Henry VIII; her jealous half sister, Mary, has her locked away in the Tower of London; and her only love interest betrays her in his own quest for the throne. Told in the voice of the young Elizabeth and ending when she is crowned queen, this second novel in the exciting series explores the relationship between two sisters who became mortal enemies. Carolyn Meyer has written an intriguing historical tale that reveals the deep-seated rivalry between a determined girl who became one of England's most powerful monarchs and the sister who tried everything to stop her.
A tender story of mother-daughter relationships over three generations unfolds amid secrets and revelations.
The complicated lives of C. C.'s family and friends fall into new patterns the summer she is fifteen.
The last of the pharaohs before the beginning of the Common Era, Cleopatra ascended the throne at age eighteen following the death of her father. Charming as well as smart and ambitious, she made two Roman leaders fall madly in love with her. Her greatest challenge was not her kingdom but her own sisters, blinded by their ambition. The tale of her teenage years is a story of power and romance that stands the test of time--centuries later, Cleopatra remains a figure of mystery and intrigue. Now, award-winning author Carolyn Meyer mesmerizes readers with revelations in this novel about one of the greatest women who ever lived.
Though born without great beauty, wealth, or title, Anne Boleyn blossomed into a captivating woman. She used her wiles to win the heart of England's most powerful man, King Henry VIII, and persuade him to defy everyone--including his own wife--to make her his new queen. But Anne's ambition was her fatal flaw. This is the true story of the girl everyone loved to hate.Carolyn Meyer's engrossing third novel in the award-winning Young Royals series tells Anne's fascinating story in her own voice--from her life as an awkward girl to the dramatic moments before her death.
A fourteen-year-old Jewish girl goes to live with her father and stepmother in a small town and soon finds herself the center of a civil rights battle when she objects to the high school band marching in the formation of a cross.
Young Catherine de' Medici is the sole heiress to the entire fortune of the wealthy Medici family. But her life is far from luxurious. After a childhood spent locked away behind the walls of a convent, she joins the household of the pope, where at last she can be united with her true love. But, all too soon, that love is replaced with an engagement to a boy who is cold and aloof. It soon becomes clear that Catherine will need all the cunning she can muster to command the respect she deserves as one of France's most powerful queens.
Fourteen-year-old Win hopes to receive support and guidance in self-acceptance from his adult friend Elliott, despite another boy's insistence that Elliott is homosexual.
Jews don't eat meat from a pig. Amish don't wear buttons. But two boys from extremely different cultures discover how similar they really are. "The story is fascinating as an in-depth examination of two disparate cultures that the boys discover share many of the commonalities of the human experience; it's also a great coming-of-age novel, inhabited by people who may dress and speak differently from many readers but whose actions are entirely understandable. "-Kirkus Reviews
Nannerl Mozart was a musical prodigy who seemed to have a brilliant future. But once her younger brother, Wolfgang, began composing symphonies at the age of five, her career and talents were utterly eclipsed. Here, at last, is Nannerl's heart-wrenching tale. It's the story of her undying passion for music; her relationship with her "miracle boy" brother; and her life as the "other Mozart," the one forgotten by history. The acclaimed Carolyn Meyer has written a powerful historical novel about a little-known but gifted musician who never stopped dreaming. Includes an author's note.
While waiting anxiously for others to choose a husband for her, Isabel, the future Queen of Spain, keeps a diary account of her life as a member of the royal family
In this compelling continuation of the Jefferson family story, thirteen-year-old Emily Rose visits her extended family in Texas for the first time ever. Emily Rose, who grew up in a biracial family in the northeast, is surprised that racial attitudes are so different in the South. But as she grows closer to her great-grandmother, Rose Lee,and learns more about her African American heritage, Emily Rose discovers a new dimension of herself.
Meyer offers a revealing look at Kristina, who was raised by the King and Queen of Sweden as a prince rather than a princess and assumed the throne as King at the age of 18.
In Stratford-upon-Avon in the sixteenth century, Anne Hathaway suffers her stepmother's cruelty and yearns for love and escape, finally finding it in the arms of a boy she has grown up with, William Shakespeare.
from the book jacket: the music soars. the curtain lifts. Marie van Goethem rises onto her toes and floats across the stage of the Paris Opera. And in that moment, fourteen-year-old Marie is happy. Unfortunately, that's almost the only joy in Marie's life. When she's not dancing, she is tormented by hunger, overwhelmed by her mother's uncontrolled drinking, and angered by her older sister's chronic selfishness. However, when Edgar Degas demands Marie's presence in his studio, it appears that her life will he transformed. Each week as she poses for the famous artist, Marie dreams-of a life without poverty, of being with her one true love, and of becoming a star of the ballet. But can being Monsieur Degas's model bring her all that she imagines? Here is the story of the girl immortalized in Degas's most famous sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. It's a heartbreaking tale of passion for ballet, of loyalty to family, and of enduring love.
Mary Tudor, who would reign briefly as queen of England during the mid sixteenth century, tells the story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII.
England anxiously awaits Prince Arthur's betrothed--the Spanish princess who will be its future queen. But when Arthur dies not long after the wedding, Catherine of Aragon's fate becomes uncertain. Will the king and Catherine's parents arrange a marriage with Arthur's brother, Henry, or will she return to Spain a widow? Through all this turmoil, the young princess's resolve remains unshaken. She will one day be England's queen . . . no matter how long it takes.
This book of short stories explores how New Mexico's fascinating history and geography connect people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Meyers writing style is accessible and engaging, making this a good read or an easy curriculum connection to the multicultural mainstream.--Booklist
The fascinating journey of a famous naturalist Young Charley Darwin hated school--he much preferred to be outside studying birds' eggs, feathers, and insects. And so, at the age of twenty-one, he boarded a ship called HMS Beagle and spent five thrilling but dangerous years sailing around the world, studying plant and animal life that was beyond anything he could have imagined. Here, just in time for Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking On the Origin of Species, historical novelist Carolyn Meyer tells the story of his unconventional adventures. It's the story of a restless childhood, unrequited teenage love, and a passion for studying nature that was so great, Darwin would sacrifice everything to pursue it.
Queen Victoria's personal journals inform this captivating first-person novel about of one of history's most prominent female leaders.Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy--under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age--and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.
The author relates her visit to Northern Ireland where she interviewed Protestants and Catholics and recorded their feelings growing up in a country torn apart by religious and political conflict.
The author recounts her visit to South Africa where she interviewed numerous young people, both black and white, to find out what growing up is like in a country torn apart by racial strife.
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