Catherine, The Great Journey, Russia, 1743

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Fourteen-year-old Prussian princess Sophia finds herself entangled in her mother's efforts to arrange a marriage between Sophia and Charles-Peter, a young German duke and nephew of the Russian empress Elizabeth. As Sophia's mother moves to make the match, she and Sophia must travel from their ...

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Overview


Scholastic is proud to present the final installment of The Royal Diaries series. Drama and intrigue explode in the story of young Princess Catherine's incredible journey to greatness.

Fourteen-year-old Prussian princess Sophia finds herself entangled in her mother's efforts to arrange a marriage between Sophia and Charles-Peter, a young German duke and nephew of the Russian empress Elizabeth. As Sophia's mother moves to make the match, she and Sophia must travel from their humble home in Zerbst, Prussia, to Russia--the kingdom of Elizabeth. There, Sophia is renamed Catherine and married to Charles-Peter, but she watches helplessly as her family is torn from her, her own mother is involved in a spying ring against the empress, and all that is familiar to her disappears.

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Gr 4-7–This novel is written from the viewpoint of Princess Sophie Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst, who later became Catherine the Great. The diary opens with an entry dated August 7, 1743, when Sophie is 14. Her mother obsesses over marrying her into a prestigious family. When the studious and rather plain-looking teen has an opportunity to marry Peter, Grand Duke of Russia, she must face the scrutiny of critical Empress Elizabeth. In her “diary,” Sophie talks about her home situation and recounts the hardships of travel to Russia, her efforts to please the empress, and her engagement. Gregory's strong characterizations bring the historically grounded figures to life. Events convey the difficulties of Russian life during 1743-1745. At first slow moving, the plot picks up speed when Sophie meets the empress. The diary concludes with her impending wedding. Supplementary materials include a family tree, black-and-white reprints of painted portraits of Catherine and family, a map of Prussia and Russia from 1744, and the author's commentary on her use of primary sources.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH

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Gr 4-7-This novel is written from the viewpoint of Princess Sophie Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst, who later became Catherine the Great. The diary opens with an entry dated August 7, 1743, when Sophie is 14. Her mother obsesses over marrying her into a prestigious family. When the studious and rather plain-looking teen has an opportunity to marry Peter, Grand Duke of Russia, she must face the scrutiny of critical Empress Elizabeth. In her "diary," Sophie talks about her home situation and recounts the hardships of travel to Russia, her efforts to please the empress, and her engagement. Gregory's strong characterizations bring the historically grounded figures to life. Events convey the difficulties of Russian life during 1743-1745. At first slow moving, the plot picks up speed when Sophie meets the empress. The diary concludes with her impending wedding. Supplementary materials include a family tree, black-and-white reprints of painted portraits of Catherine and family, a map of Prussia and Russia from 1744, and the author's commentary on her use of primary sources.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439253857
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Series: The Royal Diaries
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Kristiana Gregory is the bestselling author of many Dear America titles, including THE WINTER OF RED SNOW and its follow-up, CANNONS AT DAWN; ACROSS THE WIDE AND LONESOME PRAIRIE; and SEEDS OF HOPE. She has also written the Cabin Creek Mysteries, which are based on bedtime stories she told her sons when they were young and restless. Kristiana lives in Boise, Idaho. Visit her online at www.kgregorybooks.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    My fist book I have read from the Royal Diaries series

    A book that really makes you feel like you are being told the story personly. It makes you feel like you know the chacators and what it is like to live in Russia. I have loved every Royal diarie book I have read and this is just another great book from the series. But has anyone ever noticed that in the royal diaries that there is always someone that is crazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    One of the best books in the royal diary series

    The book begins with Catherine's childhood and gives you a brief background of her former life before Empress Elizabeth secretely summons her and her abussive mother to Saint Petersburg. There, the princess Catherine struggles with life in the royal court. Also, her repulsive, boyish fiance Peter Ulrich cares nothing of the Russian people nor wishes to become a decent ruler. Finally, the Empress Elizabeth greatly dislikes Catherine's mother and threatens to banish them to Siberia. Despite these obstacles, Catherine finally wins the heart of the empress and proves she can be a responsible ruler. I thouroughly enjoyed reading this book and learned much about the Russian way of life. I bonded very quickly with Catherine's personality. A book everyone may enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2007

    GREAT

    ITS A GREAT BOOK! I have read it 3 times. I give it a 4 only beacuse what happens to her baby sister which is sad and also she had a abusive mother other than that I give it a 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2007

    something everyone should love

    This book was so exciting. This insecure Prussian princess named Sophie is to become the Empress of Russia. She has to get used to her life changing and how she's going to have to change religion, name and become Russian. I love this series and I thought this book was really good. The cover makes the book look so interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2007

    Great!!!

    It is such a good book!!! U GOT 2 read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    The BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This was SO great! It was almost my favirote!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Amazing.

    This book i highly recommed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2007

    Loved it!

    It was very interesting, I had a hard time putting it down! It has some elements of adventure too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    I love this book!!!

    It was a great book written by one of my favorite authors! I loved how Catherine and Peter were so... what's the word... well I can't think of it so I'll say They were a cute couple =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    A well-written book

    I really liked this book. Right away I loved it just because the cover was so cool. This book was interesting. Though not my favorite Royal Diaries, I loved it and would gladly read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2006

    An Excellent Book!

    This was an excellent book! I would easily recommend this book to anyone and I will read time and time again. This book was written very well. This book illustrated some of the things that really happened to Catherine. I was enjoyable to read about some of the things she went through. It really provides a window into what the real Catherine life might have been like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Royal Diaries: Catherine, The Great Journey, Russia, 1743

    I thought this was a great book! Though it was alittle slow to get going, it's definately worth the read. I can't believe how much of a sissy Peter was, and how much of the split personality Empress Elizabeth (evil one minute, sweet as sugar the next). I thought the plot was interesting and I'm glad things worked out between Catherine and her mother in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2005

    Royal Diaries: Catherine, The Great Journey, Russia, 1743

    Kristiana Gregory, as you know, is definitely one of the best Royal Diaries authors. She wrote Cleopatra VII (a best- selling Royal Diaries book) and Eleanor. She is an outstanding author, and this book is about Catherine the Great, a subject not focused on by many. The plot sounds interesting from the reviews, so I hope this book is as good as the others.

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