Angel on the Square

Angel on the Square

by Gloria Whelan
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Angel on the Square when I was ten and I absolutely loved it! The Romanov family and the history behind them is just so fascinating! This family is my favorite royal family. The story behind them just draws you in. I highly recommend this book.
Mdesmondobrien More than 1 year ago
How do you describe the magnetism some books have when you're half-asleep at eleven p.m. looking for something to read? This book appeared on my bedside table one day, probably rescued from 10-year-old sister and 6-year-old brother's perpetual room cleaning, and somehow "I'll read a page or two" turned into the whole book. Go figure. It's a book we were supposed to study in our homeschool group one summer, only I moved. Somehow I still ended up with a copy, and with my friends back at my old home telling me it was the best book I'd ever read, I knew I'd have to make time for it eventually. It's one of those blurbless books, though, the ones that rely on the author's name to propel them into readers' hands, and let's face it - I was seven. I didn't care about authors, I cared about stories. So imagine my surprise when I finally picked it up and discovered, miracle of miracles, a story. Not just any story, but a Story. As I re-read descriptions of wealthy Katya's life in St. Petersburg, the incredible luxury of the Winter Palace, a parade of mouthwatering clothing and food descriptions to put The Hunger Games to shame, it all came flooding back how crushingly disappointed I had been when the Russian Revolution came, like I'd known it was going to even at seven. It's like when you watch the Titanic, and every time you pray you don't sink - some dreams feel too good to end. With each consecutive re-read, at eight years old, nine, ten, twelve, I'd usually put the book down at right about the start of World War I. Last night, though, I plowed straight through to the end, and to my surprise found that I liked the end better than the beginning, even though it made me cry. Go figure. This is one of those rare books where the characters grow up with you - Katya from a sheltered brat to a confused teen to a compassionate woman. While my head didn't particularly thank me for my up-till-one-in-the-morning stunt, I can't say I've found a better book to re-read in a long time. And now that the author does actually mean something to me, I'll have to find the rest of Gloria Whelan's work; though I'm not sure I'll love any setting quite as much as I loved her Russia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in elementary school and I have never forgotten it. Katya shows amazing strength and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds and still manages to retain her innate goodness and compassion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angle on the square. I highly recomend this fantastic book
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Tade Goddard More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I had to read it in school last year because we were studying that era. I remember the whole class had to read it and a lot of people thought it was going to be lame and all the others ( oncluding me) did not think it was going to be the worst book ever but we were not exactly excited about it. We were ALL suprised! Everyone LOVED it even the people that do not get into books. If anyone is thinking about reading this, I say do not think twice... get it for sure.
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I chose this book to read in class from about 10 other books. We could only read about 2 chapters a night but i didn't want to stop!!! I could have finished it so much sooner if we didnt have to read it in school. I was really good!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angel on the Square is a book that is a LOT of fun!!! When I got choices for what book I wanted to read in school, Angel on the Square was one choice out of 4. I was doubtful, but eventually chose it in the end. I DEFINITELY got A LOT more than I expected! I was very absorbed from the beginning, and could never wait to read the next chapter everyday. It is about a rich Russian girl growing up in the early 1900s. I won't spoil the rest!! Katya is my favorite character. I think she is beautiful and a kind girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love russia so this was a great read. I finished it in a day. I've read it about 3 other times.Very sad at end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book sooooooooo much! Even though I am a historical fiction fan it is still stupendous even if you aren't into the historical theme. It is about a girl who grows up like a princess, but I won't spoil the suprise! This summer I went to St. Petersburg Russia (and was very fortunate to do so!) and got to see where some of the story took place. This book helps explain the royal families hardships and terrible treatment till their death. Read the book and see for yourself the magic and wonder of its charm! It is sooooooooo hard to put down!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the summer I had a lot of time to read and one of my favorites from the many I read was Angel on the Square. This book is a historical fiction novel with a great plot that keeps you guessing until the end. The author of Angel On The Square is Gloria Whelan. She writes about where she lives in Oxbow Lake, Michigan. However, sometimes she writes about early times in other countries like, China, India, Russia, and Vietnam. I don¿t think she would be considered an expert on the subject of the Russian Revolution. Even though she has written many different books about different countries she has never traveled to the place to experience the true culture. She only researches the topic or place before she writes. She once said, ¿This gives me a chance to live in other countries and in other times -- at least in my head.¿ Because that this book is a character narrative you cannot really see the author¿s point of view. But, the main character, Katya, expresses a strong opinion about being loyal to the royal family, even if it tears her from her best friend. This is a fiction story of a young girl, Katya and her mother, struggling to survive through the Russian Revolution. Even though it¿s fiction it still gives you the history of what happened during the Russian Revolution. The major hook in this story was to see if Katya, her mother, and the rest of the royal family could make it to safety, and live in peace. Through the story Katya went from a fancy house in St. Petersburg to being locked up with the rest of the royal family in a tiny shack in Siberia. In the creative way that Gloria Whelan presents the information in a very convincing and interesting way. It will keep you guessing about the lives of the characters and the plot. She has written a companion to this book, The Impossible Journey. It¿s about after the Russian Revolution, when the country is still unstable. Katya returned to Russia and marries; she becomes actively involved in politics against the government. She was then exiled to Siberia. The story continues about her children trying to find their mother in Siberia. From what I¿ve heard and read, all of the information made sense and didn¿t conflict; it was just presented in a different way. The main character was rich instead of being a person living on the streets. Katya had different views, experiences, and opinions than others. Before I read that book I knew nothing about the Russian Revolution. Now I have a basic knowlage and timeline of what happened. I would highly recommend this book. With action, mystery, and a hint of romance Angel On The Square would be a must need, for anyone¿s book collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Katya read the paper, all the terrifying thoughts and images of her beloved country falling apart, came to her. ¿Twenty thousand Russian soldiers had been killed. Seventy thousand had been taken prisoner by the Germans¿I thought, this is all happening because on country wanted a piece of another country.¿ (i.e. Gloria Whelan.) Katya was the daughter of the Empress¿s Lady in waiting. The Tsar and the Empress of Russia, and their children, treated Katya and her mother as if they were a part of the family. They all lived in the palace and life was wonderful. All until the fall of 1914, now as Katya¿s cherished homeland, slowly falls apart; Katya, Katya¿s mother, the empress, the Tsar, and their children are prisoners in their own palace. Gloria Whelan wrote this book, Angel on the Square. Gloria Whelan is a poet and short story writer. She has written many children¿s books such as, Night of the full moon, goodbye, Once on this island, and many more. Whelan has received the notable Achievement award from the educational press association of America. Whelan has been writing since before she could! She would tell her Nanny her stories and her Nanny would type them out. It was in elementary school that she started her poetry. She and her husband live in the woods of Northern Michigan.