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The Family Romanov : Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia
by Candace Fleming


Overview - A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918. "The Wall Street Journal"
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming ("Amelia Lost";" The Lincolns") deftly maneuvers between the imperial family s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.
"An exhilarating narrative history of a doomed and clueless family and empire." Jim Murphy, author of Newbery Honor Books "An American Plague" and "The Great Fire"
"For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming s extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience." "Booklist, " Starred
"Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman s "Charles and Emma" with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin s "Bomb," Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect." "The Horn Book," Starred
Winner of the"Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
Winner of the "Boston Globe Horn Book "Award for Nonfiction
A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction AwardFinalist
Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375867828
  • ISBN-10: 0375867821
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 292
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

Making vibrant use of primary sources that emerged since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Fleming (Amelia Lost) brings to life the last imperial family of Russia. Writing with a strong point of view based on diary entries, personal letters, and other firsthand accounts, she enriches their well-known story with vivid details. The narrative begins in February 1903 (with some flashbacks to the meeting of tsar Nicholas and German-born tsarina Alexandra) and also features primary sources from peasants and factory workers—including an excerpt from Maxim Gorky’s 1913 memoir—that help to affectingly trace the increasingly deplorable conditions and growing discontent that led to the Russian Revolution; key figures such as Rasputin and Lenin are profiled in some depth. Fleming’s fulsome portraits of Nicholas and Alexandra, along with her depiction of their devoted relationship, highlight the role their personalities played in their downfall, as well as that of their beloved country. A wonderful introduction to this era in Russian history and a great read for those already familiar with it. Ages 12–up. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (July)

 
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