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Book Title: My Story: Anastasia|
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The author of the book: Carolyn Meyer
Edition: Scholastic Non-Fiction
Date of issue: April 3rd 2014
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This was the book that launched my love affair with Russia. I read it at age 12, fell in love with the Romanov family and Russia, and promptly went out and bought a Teach Yourself Russian in Three Months set (with accompanying CASSETTES, which lets you know how long ago this was!). Ten years later, I graduated from uni and moved to Russia for a year, and my love for the country and its history, literature, culture, and language is still as strong as ever. This is the book that I constantly credit when people ask me, "Why do you love Russia so much?"
I'd love to go back and re-read this book now that I've lived in the same places the book is set (okay, I didn't live in the Winter Palace, but I was at least there haha!). I remember the author does a fantastic job of evoking a truly happy, close-knit family life. Anastasia is a shvibzik (an imp) and each of the OTMA sisters has a clear, spirited personality, as does their little brother Alexei. No character is one-note, and the author never falls back on rumour or stereotypes re: Rasputin and the Tsarina Alexandra but treats the starets's relationship with the Romanov family in a way that respects all the complexities of the historical period, Alexei's hemophilia, and Alexandra's devout Orthodox faith. The period leading up to the Russian Revolution is a daunting task to take on for a writer, and I thought Carolyn Meyer does a commendable job.
I could write about this book forever, but I'll wrap it up by saying that this is probably the most influential book I read in my childhood and one I would heartily recommend not just to YA readers or history buffs but to anyone who loves a good (and tragic) story.
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Read information about the authorCarolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. In her most recent historical novels she has dealt with the young lives of Mary Tudor, Princess Elizabeth, Anastasia, and Isabel of Castilla, Spain.
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