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Elizabeth I, red rose of the House of Tudor
Lasky, Kathryn.
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237 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The Royal diaries

Royal diaries.
In a series of diary entries, Princess Elizabeth, the eleven-year-old daughter of King Henry VIII, celebrates holidays and birthdays, relives her mother's execution, revels in her studies, and agonizes over her father's health.
Reading Level:
820 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts! 820 4.8 8 Q18762

Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 6.0 32239.
Lexile Number:
820 Lexile.


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Kid/Juvenile Series Hardback book J SER ROYAL DIARIES

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England, 1544. In her diary entries, Princess Elizabeth, the eleven-year-old daughter of King Henry VIII, celebrates holidays and birthdays, relives her mother's execution, revels in her studies and agonises over her father's death.

Author Notes

Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching.

She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. This fictional diary, part of the Royal Diary series, concerns some of the happiest years of Elizabeth's youth, when she lives with her father, King Henry VIII, and Catherine Parr, who tries to establish a sense of normalcy for the royal children. It's plain, however, that Elizabeth exists with the knowledge of the executions of her mother and stepmother and the awareness that she may be exiled at any moment. Lasky uncovers the nitty-gritty details of daily living and achieves a reasonably believable tone without using much unfamiliar language. Although it's illogical for a diarist to incorporate explanations of terms into a journal presumably written only for the author's eyes ("marzipan [almond paste]"), the definitions provided will enable contemporary children to read without the interruption of a glossary. The book is handsomely designed, with an epilogue, a historical note, a family tree, photographs, and a word from the author. For a more flattering depiction of Elizabeth's older sister, Queen Mary I, see Carolyn Meyer's Mary, Bloody Mary reviewed elsewhere in this issue. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This book, one of a new series of fictional diaries focusing on royalty, tells the story of Elizabeth I of England. Lasky's account starts when Elizabeth is 10 and ends almost 3 years later after her father, King Henry VIII, dies. The author provides a clear portrait of upper-class life in 16th-century England-the filthy living conditions, games and recreations, holidays, food, and education. Oddly, there is little mention of clothing. Her study of the young princess focuses on Elizabeth's frequent loneliness and her desperate desire for her father's attention. Readers will enjoy the family intrigues but also will identify with Elizabeth's surprisingly modern doubts and concerns. The book concludes with a family tree, black-and-white portraits, and a historical note; this, however, never mentions what happened to Lady Jane Grey and Robin Dudley, key characters in the story. Unfortunately, the history in the novel itself is not always accurate, and Elizabeth's voice veers inconsistently from contemporary to old-fashioned. Still, it's enjoyable light reading.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



November 10, 1544 "I have been living with this constant fear of exile now for two days. So far I have heard nothing. Plans seem to proceed as normal for our move to Ashridge. This palace, too, is becoming quite filthy, what with all the banqueting and people and gaming between Michaelmas Feast and the feast of All Saints' Day. The roses bloom in our garden with such vigor, but the stench from the courtyard over the wall outside the kitchens is unbearable. Excerpted from Elizabeth I: The Royal Diaries by Kathryn Lasky All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.