Search Results: "Carolyn Meyer"


BOOK REVIEW

VICTORIA REBELS by Carolyn Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"The author does not enhance or alter the history; she simply and convincingly translates it into a lively narrative. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
This absorbing, fictionalized first-person account of Queen Victoria's early life reveals the hardships she endured as a child and young woman. Read full book review >

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ANASTASIA AND HER SISTERS by Carolyn Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"A richly detailed introduction to the tragedy of the last royal family of Russia. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Anastasia and her siblings may be kept in ignorance about most of the tragedy and upheaval affecting Russia in the early 20th century, but that doesn't stop them from worrying about the world beyond their daily lives. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A WAITRESS by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"A slowly paced and occasionally even tedious depiction of a small slice of American railroad history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Although more than a year too young for the position, almost-17-year-old Kitty takes a job as a Harvey Girl, one of the well-trained waitresses that staffed a national restaurant chain serving rail passengers from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Read full book review >

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CLEOPATRA CONFESSES by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2011

"Readers who hungry purely for lots of effective detail of an ancient culture, time and place may find this a digestible-enough vehicle for it, with oodles of backmatter for support. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Having made her way through the European princesses of note (Duchessina, 2007, etc.), Meyer dishes up historical-fiction-lite in this imagined account of Cleopatra's coming of age. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2008

"Though her tale of woe becomes somewhat repetitious, she's sympathetic and understandable, and readers of this illuminating chronicle will be both fascinated and appalled by how restricted her life was. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
In the afterword of her haunting story about the life and times of Mozart's older sister Maria Anna—Nannerl—Meyer says that she was intrigued by the question, "What must it have been like to be the highly talented sister of a genius?"Although Nannerl, a gifted child performer with a passion for music, was outclassed by her brother, much of her frustration was the result of being a woman in a time when a musical career was not an option. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"Still, fans of the Young Royals series who can handle the content will be interested in this tale. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 13+)"
Catherine de' Medici as oppressed little rich girl? Read full book review >

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ANASTASIA by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Both biography lovers and fiction readers alike will gobble it up. (historical note, family tree, and other endnotes, photos, cast of characters) (Fiction. 9-14)"
Immensely readable and interesting, this fictive diary of Anastasia, daughter of Czar Nicholas and Czarina Alexandra, imparts a good deal of history in an entertaining way. Read full book review >

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MARY, BLOODY MARY by Carolyn Meyer
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Follow this up with Rosalind Miles's equally powerful I, Elizabeth (1994). (Fiction. 12-15)"
Meyer (Gideon's People, 1996, etc.) presents the youth of Mary Tudor, oldest daughter of Henry VIII, as a bitter tale of mistreatment, political machination, and battling wills. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Institutions that own the previous book may want to think twice before purchasing this one. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Nearly two decades ago Meyer (see review, above) wrote of her observations of life among the Yup'iks of Alaska in Eskimos: Growing up in a Changing Culture (1977). Read full book review >

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WHITE LILACS by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Still, a compelling, well-researched depiction of a grievous injustice. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Meyer (The Broken Heart Still Beats, 1992) revisits Texas history with an incident from the 20's, when the blacks of Denton (``Dillon'') were forced from their homes to make way for a park. Read full book review >

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BROWN EYES BLUE by Carolyn Meyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A deftly told tale that will charm more than it surprises."
A perceptive, clear-eyed take on the familiar three-generations-of-women-finding-redemption theme. Read full book review >