Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914

Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914

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by Carolyn Meyer
     
 

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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

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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. 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545576345
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
180,762
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia 1914 (Royal Diaries) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
otulissa More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Meyer has done an excellent job in writing anastasia's Diary. she mixes the novel with humor and wit. i love the part when anastasia tries to blackmail her sisters and how she tries to be like sherlock holmes and she tries to find her sisters' diaries. I love this book i couldn't put it down... but the fate the romanovs awaited was tragic...i recommend that you should buy this if you're interested in historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bravo!! Carolyn Meyer! Bravo!!!! This was the first book in the series that I bought and read. I have been studying the Romanov dynasty for a cople of years now. The story of Anastasia is my favorite. I knew a lot of facts about her before I read this book. For a fictional story, it seemed so real. Even though I know how the story ends for her, I still cried when I read the end. If you want to start the Royal Diaries Series, I highly recommend this book to due. You will love it and you will never regret buying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! this book would be great if you want to start the royal diaries! anastasia is a remarkable person, this book keeps you on the edge of your chair!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaievna Romanov really is a story that you read over and over! I saw the animated movie, and I thought it was good. My friend said that she really existed, and I was like, really? So I got this book. Ever since then I've adored the story of a 17 year old girl's life and her exile and execution. Anyone who ever heard about Anastasia will love this story, tho it's heartbreaking in the end. Thanks to Anastasia, I even started learning Russian!(Note the Russian word in headline) Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Antastasia the last grand duchess was a great book. After I started reading I couldn't put it down!!Thisbook told you alot of information about the Russian Princess. I really enjoyed it and highly reccomend it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Anastasia the last grand duchess! She was so mischievous, just like me, blackmailing her sister Olga and such! I LOVED THIS BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the saddest diary. I cried at the end. I would recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you want a book about THE anastia the last granduchess of russia? well if you do, have i got the right book for you! From the story (in her own words, of course in a diary) to real photographs with captions about her life, you will really love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you like history, mystory and five-star + books? Well if your answers are 'yes, yes, and yes' then you'll LOVE this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm an Anastasia fanatic,so I know a lot about her and her family.Carolyn Meyers explains everything so perfectly it's unbelieveable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading 77 positive reveiws and 0 negative rebeiws i sampeled the book. Great job to anyone who ever wrote reveiw on this book for convincing me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Anastasia" is a true story about the end of the tzar and his family. Anastasia and her family have fun together but certain family members have certain feuds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who couldnt LOVE? Now just try Marie Antoinette;By Kathryn Lasky
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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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.