I used to love this series as a kid. In elementary school, I started with the Dear America series–a historical fiction series in the form of girls’ journals. They then branched off to do historical fiction journals of princess throughout the world and time.
Thus far in my life, I have read:
Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. by Kristiana Gregory
Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 by Carolyn Meyer
Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer
Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 by Patricia McKissac
Lady of Ch’iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, Southern China, 531 A.D. by Laurence Yep
Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia, England, 1829 by Anna Kirwan
Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France, 1553 by Kathryn Lasky
Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets, Massachusetts-Rhode Island, 1653 by Patricia Clark Smith
Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal, Mesoamerica, A.D. 749 by Anna Kirwan
This summer, I have decided to read some more. I am a history teaching major after all. Even if the series was written for middle school students.
Any way, the three I decided to read were these:
Anacoana: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490
by Edwidge Danticat
This was an interesting read because there is not much known about the natives in Haiti before the conquistadors came. The author certainly did her research though. She was able to integrate language and culture that we do know about these natives. At the same time, she did a good job showing personality and thought very well, showing us what she believed to be the thought-process of a native princess in Haiti.
Kristina: The Girl King, Sweden, 1638
by Carolyn Meyer
This one was a bit more journal like–this happened now, this happened then. Even though the character is interesting (the only child of the king of Sweden raised as a prince to become King, rather than Queen), the author did not do a good job holding my interest. It barely breached the character’s thought process and feelings. However, I now want to learn more about her.
Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544
by Kathryn Lasky
I think I read this when I was younger. I love anything that has to do with the Tudors! Especially Elizabeth. This does a very good job diving into the mind of a princess who’s mother was beheaded and father banished her according to his mood swings. If that was your childhood and you had a brother and an older sister, you would have very little hope of ever becoming queen. You felt yourself as a forgotten princess and that is what Lasky showed very well. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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