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Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914

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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. ...

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Overview


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.

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Children's Literature - Jody Little
Written in a series of diary entries, this story shares the extravagant life of the teenage Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the one-time ruler of Russia. Anastasia's life is one of beautiful clothes, the finest tutors and great balls. Her family travels by private trains and yachts to their many castles throughout the year where Anastasia enjoys her time with her sisters and younger brother, Alexi. Anastasia's world begins to change dramatically when Germany begins World War I. Her father must travel often to be with his army. Young Alexi is often sick and frail, suffering from the effects of hemophilia. Anastasia's mother is also sick, relying more and more on the assistance of Father Grigory, a man Anastasia rightfully distrusts. Soon the entire family is held captive by revolutionaries in their own palace, but Anastasia tries to remain strong and continue her diary writing. Short journal entries keep the pace swift and the material fascinating in this fictional account of Anastasia's last years. The author includes a historical note on the tragic outcome of the final Romanov family and the stories of Anastasia's improbable survival. The Romanov Family Tree, photos of the family and their magnificent homes, a glossary and information on the Russian language and calendar are also included. Reviewer: Jody Little
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545535786
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 320,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Carolyn Meyer is the award-winning author of more than forty books for young people, including ANASTASIA: THE LAST GRAND DUCHESS; WHITE LILACS; MARIE, DANCING, a Book Sense Pick; and the Young Royals series. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    How to connect

    I absolutely loved reading about the royal Romanov family in The Royal Diaries of Anastasia. I liked how I could better relate to Anastasia¿s family because it was her view as an ordinary girl and her display of thoughts and feelings. This book takes place in Russia in 1914 when 12-year-old Anastasia and her three sisters receive diaries in which she vows to write in frequently. She writes about ordinary every day events such as being scolded for bad manners to praying for her brother¿s recovery. This book lays out five years of her life leading up to Russia being involved in World War I and the loss of people¿s faith in the Tsar Nicholas all the way until two months before the family is executed. It reveals how a girl, who appears to be a spoiled royal, can turn out to be just like an ordinary girl. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone fascinated by Anastasia¿s mystery of the royal Romanov family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    Enjoyed it!

    I really enjoyed this book. Anstasia was a clown in real life and the writer keeps her that way. I laughed most of the way through at her thoughts in feelings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Joking

    Who couldnt LOVE? Now just try Marie Antoinette;By Kathryn Lasky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

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    B&N needs to find a way to inform buyers how many pages an ebook has before purchase. Anastasia has only 94 pages. Too few for a purchase. Quality may be good but quantity counts too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2011

    Great for a Beginning Love of History =D

    This is a very good book (and good series) for girls who have a beginning and growing love and passion for history. I remember reading these books when I was in the fourth grade well into middle school and loved every single one I read. Now being seventeen and in high school taking the AP European History and AP World History classes, it is fun to go back and reread the books that I own seeing a new point of view in them as I have learned more in detail about the time periods. I love being able to go back rereading and finding details that I once long ago missed or didn't understand and now have a fuller understanding of why things happened and how. The Royal Diaries started my love of history along with their sister series, Dear America (which are fun with the AP U.S. History class), which has continued on to today and will go with me on to college where I plan on majoring in History. Books do greatly influence children at a young age and will continue on if they have a growing love for what they are reading. I highly recomend this series for young girls as they will adore connecting with each of the main characters and will never want the books to end. I personally have no favorite: they are all wonderful. So enough about my opinion: enjoy girls reading this series and grow your own opinion. Connect with each princess, duchess, and queen-to-be. But most importantly: have fun with reading. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2010

    Good for a fifth or six grader

    This is a book about war, roaltly, and hate. It also has a little bit of comedy in it. The only thing that I didn't like is the death of the Romanov family. Most of the family and close friends were killed. Only a couple may have escaped, possibly Anastasia and her brother. I would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2009

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    What I think

    Although I did not buy this book, I got it from a library. This was the very first book I read from the series, so since I loved it, I completely fell in love with the series. I recommend, not only to read this book, but to read the rest of the books in "The Royal Diaries" collection.

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  • Posted October 23, 2008

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    Sad, compelling story

    This story shows the troubles that Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov went through. It is a sad book. Recommended for 12 year old students willing to cry about a book. I personally did some more reasearch after getting this book. This book was not rereadable to me but it may be to parents that want to teach a life lesson to their kids: never trust anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2008

    The Best of the Royal Diaries Series

    I remember the first time I bought this book and becoming completely absorbed with the incredibly true story of a girl who lived an enchanted life and how it all came crashing down around her. Though epic in its size and scope, Carolyn Meyer also creates a personal story of the youngest daughter of the last czar. Meyer makes a careful balance between fleshing out each character in the story into someone we can relate to and creating the atmosphere of the magnificent life the royals led in the early 20th century. Beautifully written, 'Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess' is compelling and utterly haunting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    A 11 year old girl who LOVES HISTORY

    This book made me laugh and cry and everything in between all at the same time. The love and resentment coming from her family is unimaginable. It was a real page turner. I would have given it a 5 star rating, only it started to scramble toward the end and got confusing. Other than that -IT ROCKED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Incredible book that anyone who is into history and a little into tragedy will love. I recomend it!

    This book starts of with a girl who had all the privaleges any girl could want and have. It looked like she had a perfect life. Then later in the book everything started to happen and you started to see the many troubles her family faced. The secret of her brother and the way they tried to protect the kids from the revolution of the country of the czar and the royal family. I really almost cried at the end. It was so sad what happend to them. Though I wonder if Anastasia really did survive. It leaves you on a sort of cliff hanger about that, but it was just incredible. I love this book and honestly loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    Sad, Happy, The BEST Book ever!!

    This book is very good. I enjoyed it VERY much. Anyone who enjoys history should read this book!!! I almost cried when i found out her fate..... but is that what really happened??? I guess no one will ever know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    Fabulistic

    It is wonderful.It makes it spectacular because is in her piont of view, what she would have said or done, if it were her writting it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    great book!!

    you should read it in book form.... but, still it is one of the best royal diaries!!! READ READ READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    A great way to connect

    I absolutely loved reading about the royal Romanov family in The Royal Diaries of Anastasia. I liked how I could better relate to Anastasia¿s family because it was her view as an ordinary girl and her display of thoughts and feelings. This book takes place in Russia in 1914 when 12-year-old Anastasia and her three sisters receive diaries in which she vows to write in frequently. She writes about ordinary every day events such as being scolded for bad manners to praying for her brother¿s recovery. This book lays out five years of her life leading up to Russia being involved in World War I and the loss of people¿s faith in the Tsar Nicholas all the way until two months before the family is executed. It reveals how a girl, who appears to be a spoiled royal, can turn out to be just like an ordinary girl. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone fascinated by Anastasia¿s mystery of the royal Romanov family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    Another Great Book In the Royal Diary Series!!

    This is a book with a mixture of pain, happiness, and sufferring in this book. In this book, you will look at Russia in the viewpoint of Anastasia, the czra's youngest daughter, and her big sisters and little brother. I didn't know a lot about her when I started reading this book, but I sure do now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    The best diary in the series!

    Anastatia, The Last Grand Duchess, was the first diary I read in the series. The book covers the years 1914, her childhood,to 1918. Her childhood has many funny experiances, and I laughed hard at some of the entries, but the story grows darker with the start of the war. With the passing years Anastatian struggles with the abscence of her father and brother and grows more saddened and depressed. The book becomes darker and sadder as the Romanov family is captured. Anastatia ends her diary during her family's imprisonment in Siberia. Despite the sadness and tragic story, I found Anastatia both exciting and suspenfull at the same time. Carolyn Meyer creates the setting in such a way that you feel yourself enveloped in Anstatia's story. From the moment I began reading I hardly put the book down till the story ended. I wept reading the epilogue, and felt like somthing should of been done to save the Romanovs. But this story still remains one of my favorite diaries, and anyone who has not read this book should definetly aquire a copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2007

    I always loved Anastasia!

    This was the first Royal Diary book I read. It was one of my favorites. I got this at Barnes and Nobles and just had to have it. I saw the cartoon movie and it was good. But when I read this it was the best. Hopefully they will make a sequel and a prequel to the movie based on this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2007

    GREAT!!!

    This book is for all ages. I loved it. It's very good if you want some history on the Grand Duchess. If you don't have it right now get it as soon as possible!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    the best

    this book is truly one of my favs. i couldnt put it down.i find the subject about the Romanovs interesting.And you have to read the epiloge

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