Anastasia and Her Sisters

By: Carolyn Meyer

In this novel, Anastasia Romanov recalls her final years, as her royal family declines from governing Russia to living under armed guard at the mercy of revolutionaries. Family tree. Nonfiction epilogue. Bibliography.

ISBN: 9781481403269

JLG Release: May 2015


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Violence, Allusions to sexual assault, Suicide and attempted suicide, Extramarital affairs, Murder and attempted murder, Harsh realities of war, Graphic description of disposal of bodies
Topics: Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia (1901-1918) , Princesses , Sisters , Diaries , Russian history under Nicholas II, 1894-1917 , History of the Soviet Union , The Russian Revolution (1917-1921)

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Awards & Honors

Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Historical Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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This classic tale from modern Russian literature typically gets 10 minutes in some history classes, but the story deserves a wider audience. Here, retold by Meyer, it has strong potential to intrigue middle school historical fiction fans. It is told in Anastasia’s voice starting when she is 13 years old. On the cusp of World War I, her father This classic tale from modern Russian literature typically gets 10 minutes in some history classes, but the story deserves a wider audience. Here, retold by Meyer, it has strong potential to intrigue middle school historical fiction fans. It is told in Anastasia’s voice starting when she is 13 years old. On the cusp of World War I, her father is the last tsar, and her family lives an opulent and epicurean lifestyle. Anastasia, her four sisters, and her parents are oblivious to warning signs that the tsar’s reign is under siege. When Anastasia starts reading her oldest sister’s diary in secret, she realizes that her world is in flux. She begins to notice the delicacies her family eats routinely that nobody else can procure. In a subplot, Anastasia has a crush on a young artist, but they are cruelly separated when her family is exiled. Anastasia’s story transports readers from a privileged lifestyle at the beginning of the 20th-century to her family being the victims of a brutal revolution. Meyer exceptionally captures Anastasia’s voice as she matures. The author strikes the right balance between detail and momentum to maintain readers’ attention. This book would be a fine addition to any middle school’s historical fiction collection and would pair nicely with Candace Fleming’s excellent nonfiction work, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Random, 2014).—Amy Thurow, New Glarus School District, WI

Book Details

ISBN

9781481403269

First Release

May 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.5; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 7.6; Points: 19;

Lexile

Level 970L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Paula Wiseman

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Violence, Allusions to sexual assault, Suicide and attempted suicide, Extramarital affairs, Murder and attempted murder, Harsh realities of war, Graphic description of disposal of bodies

Topics

Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia (1901-1918), Princesses, Sisters, Diaries, Russian history under Nicholas II, 1894-1917, History of the Soviet Union, The Russian Revolution (1917-1921),

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