This story is exciting and dramatic, but it's totally true! It's the story of the Russian Revolution focuses completely around the royal family, the Romanovs. We meet Nicholas before he marries his wife, Alexandra, and becomes Tsar of Russia. We follow their story through the birth of four children, political power and turmoil, and the revolt of the Russian people. We follow the family as Nicholas abdicates control of the country and as the family is exiled and awaits their fate.
Why It's Worth Reading:
Murder, intrigue, revolution, clerics - there is not a dull moment in the Romanov's story. And it's all the more fascinating because every adventure and event really happened! Candace Fleming does an incredible job of showing how privileged and out of touch the family could be, and yet also, how human they were. If you like history at all, you would probably love this book. If you're a Downton Abbey fan, the Romanov's lived during the same time period and experienced many of the same class issues, though obviously to a greater degree. The Family Romanov was nominated for the YALSA Nonfiction Award this year, and I can see why. It's fast-paced and reads like a novel, but with all of the facts and knowledge that you'd expect from great nonfiction.
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Source: NHS Library Media Center
Awards: YALSA Nonfiction Honor 2015, LA Times Book Prize YA Lit. Shortlist 2014, recommended by Bookends blog
Do We Own a Copy?: Yes!