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A Brief History of Montmaray

Title

A Brief History of Montmaray

Authors

Michelle Cooper

Publisher

Milson's Point, N.S.W

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780375851544

Pages

296 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Sophie Fitzosborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric and impoverished royal family. When she receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island. But this is 1936, and the news that trickles in from the mainland reveals a world on the brink of war. The politics of Europe seem far away from their remote island—until two German officers land a boat on Montmaray. And then suddenly politics become very personal indeed.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

1000L

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Poverty; death of a parent; death of a mother; death of a father; impoverished family; debt

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

uncle

Awards

Ethel Turner Prize, 2009, Winner; Parents' Choice Award, 2009, Recommended, Fiction; Booklist Book Review Stars, 2009; Booklist Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth, 2010; Booklist Top 10 Youth Romances, 2010; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2010

Keywords

royalty fiction; old age; European; brothers and sisters; small island; teen princess; adventure; diary entries; castle; politics

Diversity Impact

direct

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