I remember watching a documentary on cable about the Romanov family when I was about ten years old. After that, when I would catch a glimpse of the name Romanov, this gravitational force just pulled me in. Not too long after that, the animated Anastasia was released, and we learned about tsars in World History, and I think that cemented my interest in the subject. That same pull grabbed me when I had the opportunity to feature this new release from Candace Fleming about the Romanov family!
What's not to love about intrigue and mystery about the fate of a royal family?
New from Candace Fleming, THE FAMILY ROMANOV: MURDER, REBELLION, AND THE FALL OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA (Schwartz & Wade / On sale July 8, 2014 / Ages 12 up) offers up non-fiction at its very best. From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes a probing look at Russia's last tsar, his family, and their crumbling dynasty.
When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew.
Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia’s peasants—and their eventual uprising—Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life. Tragedy, melodrama, and I-can’t-believe-it moments make this a read that both kids and Romanov aficionados will devour. History doesn’t get more interesting than the story of the Romanovs.
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