The Stolen One [NOOK Book]

Overview

No one wanted you. But I did.

Kat's true identity is a secret, even from her. All she has ever known are Grace and Anna and their small village. Kat wants more—more than hours spent embroidering finery for wealthy ladies and more than Christian, the gentle young farmer courting her.

But there are wolves outside, Grace warns. Waiting, with their eyes glowing in the dark . . . and Grace has given Kat safety and ...

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The Stolen One

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Overview

No one wanted you. But I did.

Kat's true identity is a secret, even from her. All she has ever known are Grace and Anna and their small village. Kat wants more—more than hours spent embroidering finery for wealthy ladies and more than Christian, the gentle young farmer courting her.

But there are wolves outside, Grace warns. Waiting, with their eyes glowing in the dark . . . and Grace has given Kat safety and a home when no one else would.

Then a stranger appears in their cottage, bringing the mystery of Kat's birth with her. In one night, Kat's destiny finds her: She will leave. She will journey to London, and her skill with the needle will attract the notice of the magnificent Queen Elizabeth—and of the wolves of the court. She will discover what Grace would never tell her.

Everything will unravel.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
In this well written, well told historical fiction, Kat and her sister Anna work with their mother creating magnificent embroidery and garments in Elizabethan England. They live in a rural cottage not far from Uncle Geoffrey and Christian. Christian is enamored of Kat and hopes to marry her while Anna, the quiet, deaf sister, is enamored of Christian. On one stormy night, a sickly dwarf, Jane, comes to the cottage. Known as a healer, their mother ministers to her, but Jane speaks of strange things and has torn the cottage apart looking for something valuable before she dies in her sleep. Kat has overheard accusations and realizes that her intuitive feelings of not belonging to the rural family may be true. When their mother dies unexpectedly, Kat bundles up the clothing she has to sell along with her sister and journeys to London. She leaves Christian and his wedding proposal behind as she intends to search out the truth of who she is and who she might be. What Kat finds is the political intrigue of Elizabeth's court and the amorous attention of superficial men. But she also finds out something about herself and the honest values of her rural upbringing. This is a compelling story based in true historical mystery. The sensory images surrounding Elizabeth's life bring the queen alive for young adult readers, while the themes of love and identity present the universality of human nature. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Intrigue, romance, and period details abound in this riveting story of Tudor England. While many novels about this time period focus on Queen Elizabeth I, Crowley has chosen to ponder a historical mystery—the fate of Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr and Thomas Seymour, about whom virtually nothing is known. Was the orphaned child spirited away somewhere? Did she die in the plague like so many others? Told from the point of view of Katherine Bab, a country girl of unknown parentage, this novel offers a plausible scenario. Kat has always wondered who her parents were, but could never get any answers from the woman who raised her. When her caretaker dies, she uncovers what looks like a royal necklace from among the items that supposedly came with her as a baby, and she decides to go to London to find some answers. Her talent as an embroiderer gives her entry into Queen Elizabeth's court, where, surprisingly, she is chosen to be one of the queen's maids of honor. Her quest for answers about her past brings her closer to the queen and closer to danger. Readers who are ready for something more complex than Grace Cavendish's "Lady Grace Mysteries" (Delacorte) or Carolyn Meyer's "Young Royals" series (Harcourt) won't be able to put this book down. The sophisticated writing flows well, and the author does a terrific job of integrating historical details, though some previous knowledge of the era would be helpful.—Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Mystery and magic surround Katherine "Kat" Bab, a spirited 16-year-old with wild red hair her omen-wary adoptive mother Grace calls "wolf bait." Kat, who never knew her birth parents, is told no one wants her-except for the farmer's son she's expected to marry. Independent-minded Kat wants no part of it and sets off for London with her deaf sister Anna to unearth the truth of her parentage. When Queen Elizabeth zeroes in on fellow redhead Kat in a chance street encounter, the country lass goes royal: Her extraordinary embroidering skills land her in the queen's court, and the plot thickens as Kat finds herself circled by eager suitors . . . and those jealous of her sudden intimacy with the queen. Is she, as is rumored, the Virgin Queen's daughter? Clues to Kat's true identity are dropped for readers like Hansel and Gretel's breadcrumbs. As they revel in Kat's clear-as-a-bell, first-person observations of Tudor England's dangerous liaisons and fairy-tale gowns, teens will also relate to a girl who struggles not only to find her place but to know her heart. (epilogue, family tree, author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)
The Horn Book
“[A] tantalizing mystery…This novel offers romance readers (or fans of The Tudors) many sumptuous costumes, a parade of ‘distinguished-looking’ fellows, and something of historical substance as well.”
Mary Pearson
“Suzanne Crowley’s prose entranced me—it was as delicate and magical as Katherine’s needlework—transporting me to a world rich with mystery and romance.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061861611
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 743,780
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Crowley has always been fascinated with Elizabethan England, and according to family lore, she is a descendant of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days Queen. She is also the author of The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous, a Book Sense "Top Ten" Pick. Suzanne Crowley lives with her family in Southlake, Texas.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    A lovely historical novel for teens set in Elizabethan England.

    For as long as she can remember, sixteen-year-old Katherine Bab has lived in the English countryside with her adoptive mother, Grace, and Grace's daughter, Anna. Kat has always longed to know the identities of her birth parents, but Grace has always refused to tell her who they are, or give her any more information than frequent comments about how she inherited the worst qualities of her parents. And despite the love of a young farmer named Christian, who is the son of her adoptive mother's brother, Kat longs for something more than marriage to a farmer, though she does have feelings for him. When Grace dies, refusing even on her deathbed to reveal the secret, Kat decides she and Anna will travel to London in search of the answer to the mystery of her past.

    But London is not what Kat expected - it is a busy, dirty, noisy place. Shy Anna, who is deaf, longs to return to the country. When Kat and Anna are taken in by a noblewoman, Kat's talent with embroidery and stitching gets her invited to the court of Queen Elizabeth, to make dresses for the queen and instruct the Queen's ladies. At court, Kat draws the attention of two handsome young gentlemen, but she cannot forget Christian, no matter how hard she tries. And she is troubled by rumors that she could be related to the Queen, perhaps even be her secret, long-lost daughter. Will she ever discover her true identity? And if she does discover who her parents were, how will she choose between her two worlds?

    The Stolen One was one of the best historical novels I've read in a long time. Katherine is a wonderfully developed character - she seemed so real, sometimes I would even become frustrated at her actions! The author did a wonderful job at bringing to life the setting of Elizabethan England, and the very different ways of life in the countryside, the city, and at court. Although this book is written for teen readers, I think adults who love historical fiction will enjoy it is as well - it is a wonderful blend of history, romance, and the classic story of a young woman's search for her identity and where she belongs in the world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Very good read. :)

    I really ended up liking this book, what drew me to it the most was the cover. I am always a person who enjoys stories that are set way back when, and this one definitely fit the description. The story line was good, but I think that the truth about Kat is kind of danced around and could come out to play sooner, but other than that I really enjoyed it and the ending that Katherine chose for herself. Overall, very good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Reviewed by Ashley B for TeensReadToo.com

    Katherine Bab takes her one chance to get out of her country village to go to London when her adoptive mother passes away. She wants, no, needs, to find out who she really is. Soon, Kat becomes a favorite of Queen Elizabeth herself. Rumors are everywhere, since they have matching hair - could she be the Virgin Queen's secret daughter?

    She stitches for hours, creating a masterpiece of a dress for the Queen. Two men at court, Rafael and Nicholas, are trying to win her heart, but Kat can't help but think of Christian, her childhood best friend, and the man at her village that wants to marry her.

    Who will she choose? And will she find out who her mother is?

    I was so impressed by this novel. I loved all of the characters. It was mysterious, and it made me want to find out who Kat's mother was. I was just as curious as she was! I'm a big fan of historical fiction, especially during the time of Elizabeth as Queen. And here is another one that I really enjoyed. There was nothing I was disappointed in during the novel, except a little at the end, only because I didn't want the story to end!

    When THE STOLEN ONE hits bookshelves, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Or read it if it just sounds interesting!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Saasaaassss

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    I'll admit - the original reason I checked this out was sheerly

    I'll admit - the original reason I checked this out was sheerly because of the cover. I'll probably dedicate an entire Friday Fronts post to it, so I won't say anything about it now, except LOVE.

    The Stolen One was... interesting. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, so whenever I get my hands on a book that tackles an unsolved historical mystery is always fun. Throw in Queen Elizabeth (or Queen Victoria, but she wasn't in this story) and I'm usually hooked.

    I loved Queen Elizabeth in this story. It was fun to see her character develop, to see how she thought and how she acted and how she manipulated everyone around her. Kat was an interesting enough character, though I felt like she just sat and waited for things to happen instead of chasing them off herself.

    I wish we had seen more of Anna; I rather liked her character.

    The diary entries of Grace's were a nice touch, rounding out her character and giving the back story without giving too much away as you went through the book. (In between each chapter, there's a small diary entry from Grace.)

    [SPOILER ALERT]
    The plot was interesting enough and most of it came together; I didn't understand how she hadn't realized she was 'so in love' with Christian, or why the sexy Spainard that I rather liked had to up-and-die because of the pox. It seemed that there should have been more Christian, instead of the random parts where he was shoved in, and less (or none) of the Spainard, who didn't help the plot at all.
    [/SPOILER ALERT]

    But I have to say - all in all, not bad. Not a particularly amazing historical novel, but it'll do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Join the quest to find kat destiney by dannielle

    Join make belive kat in her quest to seek her true harritage and fate what lies ahesd for kat? Will she find her true destiny? Find out by reading this book! A true thriller turns and twists at every page

    By Dannielle

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Cool Premise

    Katherine Parr's child is such a wonderful historical figure for an author to use. Given the mystery surrounding her disappearance from the historical record, the possibilities are endless. Crowley does very well with her premise and the result is a romantic, magical page turner with characters you truly care about.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

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    A Griping Romp in the Elizabethan era

    I loved Suzanne Crowley's THE STOLEN ONE, a coming of age tale of a young girl, Kat, trying to find the truth of who she really is, set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Is Kat who her "adopted mom" tells her she is or could she be somehow connected to the very Queen she has always dreamed of meeting? Filled with intrigue, adventure, mystery, deception, romance and more, The Stolen One immerses you into the world of one of history's most romantic eras. I couldn't put it down. Teens and moms alike will love this tale. I devoured every minute I spent immersed in its pages. The author dives into a world of her very own ancestors. Could this fiction novel actually be true? You just never know....

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

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    Take a journey back in time to the court of Queen Elizabeth

    The Stolen One revolves around two real historical mysteries, both of which occur in a royal family that is eventually shattered in the aftermath of King Henry the 8th's life-long obsession to produce a healthy male heir. The main character, young Katherine "Kat" Bab, must throw herself to the whims of fate to discover whether she is a spectator or a participant in this regal dysfunctional-family soap opera. She must call upon all her resources, and even a little ruthlessness, to take chances that most of us wouldn't even consider, all to answer the eternal personal questions, "who am I," "where do I belong," and "what will I do with my life"? In the end, it is Kat's adventerous journey to London and Queen Elizabeth's court that defines her, not the sex scandals and treasonous power struggles of the past (the potential revelation of which will eventually threaten Kat's life). With Crowley's attention to historical detail and dramatic, true-to-life lyrical voices, you'll have a wonderful journey with iron-willed Kat and truly feel as if you are there in history--whether walking along the cobblestones of noisy Elizabethan London, smelling the putrid aromas of people dying of plague, or stitching needlework with the vicious and gossipy ladies of Queen Elizabeth's court.

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