A Brief History of Montmaray

By: Michelle Cooper

Montmaray, 1936: For Sophie FitzOsborne, who lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, the politics of Europe seem very far away. But when a boat arrives with two German officers and leaves with only one, politics become very personal. Author's note. Library edition with trade jacket added.

ISBN: 9780375958649

JLG Release: Jan 2010


Sensitive Areas: Violence,
Topics: Isolation , Family , Diaries , European history , Royalty , World War II

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Awards & Honors

ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010; Booklist Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth: 2010

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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Princess Sophia FitzOsborne keeps a journal describing her family's crumbling island kingdom (fictional) with its six subjects. When a Nazi "historian" shows up, the king goes berserk, leaving the family with a dead body, German reprisals, and many secrets. With entertaining flair, Cooper mixes humor, romance, and a young girl's coming-of-age with Princess Sophia FitzOsborne keeps a journal describing her family's crumbling island kingdom (fictional) with its six subjects. When a Nazi "historian" shows up, the king goes berserk, leaving the family with a dead body, German reprisals, and many secrets. With entertaining flair, Cooper mixes humor, romance, and a young girl's coming-of-age with an amusingly gruesome historical adventure story.

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• Thanks to the romantic isolation of the setting and the narration’s poetic but lucid prose, the story of Montmaray’s last royal generation feels both immediate and timeless.
• While its central characters experience boredom, loneliness, and loss, the novel never dips too long into melancholia. A large cast of eccentric character

• Thanks to the romantic isolation of the setting and the narration’s poetic but lucid prose, the story of Montmaray’s last royal generation feels both immediate and timeless.
• While its central characters experience boredom, loneliness, and loss, the novel never dips too long into melancholia. A large cast of eccentric characters cuts through the gloom and keeps the story moving forward with a manic, screwball energy.
• Readers will enjoy the discrepancy between what they imagine royal life to be and what this particular royal family must put up with: a decrepit castle, a dwindling number of royal subjects, and an interminably grouchy housekeeper.
• Sophie has self-doubts that are easy to relate to: “I am neither pretty nor strong-willed nor particularly talented at anything.” By the book’s end, though, Sophie has finally come into her own.

Book Details

ISBN

9780375958649

First Release

January 2010

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.5; Points: 12;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 8.5; Points: 18;

Lexile

Level 1010L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Knopf

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence,

Topics

Isolation, Family, Diaries, European history, Royalty, World War II,

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