A Brief History of Montmaray US cover Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, along with her tomboy younger. Michelle Cooper says, “A Brief History of Montmaray began with the idea of a teenage girl sitting on a castle wall and writing in her diary. I decided that she was. A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all.

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But, the ending was what absolutely blew me away. May 30, Ann rated it it was amazing Shelves: At least enough for me to feel that what she could do right was more important than what she wasn’t as good at. Junior Library Guild Selection. Praise for the Australian audiobook: Also in The Montmaray Journals. Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new kf existing list; or delete some items.

The kind of book that reminds you of the spirit of one of your all time favorites and captures that same magic for you for this book it was I Capture the Castle. I loved the epic poem which Violet dismisses as nonsense but prov This is a brilliant coming of age story omntmaray just before World War II in histiry fictional island nation off the coast of Spain.

The Children’s War: A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

Mar 08, Pages Young Adult. Self-appointed librarian Veronica and novel-reader Sophie are both monymaray and pragmatic even as their gothic cliche of a country, kingdom, castle, and way of life are fading out of the modern world.

As for the inevitable comparisons to “I Capture the Castle”–I really don’t think there are many besides that it’s a coming-of-age story featuring a scribbling teenager living in a decrepit castle.

Funnily enough, I actually had no idea that this book even had a sequel, The Fitzosbornes in Exile until right when that book was about to be released. The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. The great thing about this is that it was scary because it was so real.


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Self-ap December 11, It’s not the perfect book for everyone, but for those who love I Capture the Castle and Code Name Verity, it should be a very good fit. What I love is that it goes from describing all the quirky, endearingly hum-drum aspects of everyday life as “everyday” as it can be for the few remaining members of the royal family of Montmaray in their crumbling castle on an island two hundred miles from anywhere in Europe to being this heart-pumping adventure of political intrigue and family tragedy and, ultimately, of hope.

A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when bief world is monhmaray all around you. This book is just gorgeous. For all of her disparaging, self-deprecating remarks about how she isn’t as clever as Veronica, Sophia has a way with words. Read an excerpt from the novelread about the process of researching and planning the novelread historical background informationlook at the author’s sketches and maps of Montmaray montmafay, read the answers to frequently asked questions about the novel and download the teaching support kit.

There are family secrets and Nazis and storms and peril. A few tears may have been on the verge of shedding while reading this book. Cancel Forgot your password? Julia No sex or swearing. I’m excited to read the sequel. I can’t believe what just happened!

Families — Europe — Juvenile fiction. I wanted to hug her through some of the darker times. It’s also a touch too whimsical carrier pigeons! It amused me how Sophia peices together and expands her sympathies and horizons by reading novels, by observing the people she cares about and trying to sort out what was important about her days and her life.

But a lot of that is the second book and I should save it for another review. Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, Obviously I bought it because the cover was so pretty and really evoked what was the ultimate feel of the novel. Don’t get me wrong, all the character’s in this novel were beautifully layered and kept blossoming until the very end, but it was the protagonist, Sophie FitzOsbone who settled into a special “A Brief History of Montmaray” is true gem.


A Brief History of Montmaray

So my gushing has been forestalled to…now. O An excellent start. My reactions I was bored, and fin From the book jacket: Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. But, the ending was so much the opposite that I bumped it up a notch.

This was hisory type of novel that if my friends touched it I would go mad.

When everything goes awry even by the girls’ standards, the book becomes impossible to set down. Something about this book is so cozy and familiar, like it was one of my favorites as a child even though I first read it as an adult.

I loved this book. Praise for the North American audiobook: I was instantly captivated by Cooper’s style and I liked Sophie’s voice and character. Um, your claim to fame is being born of royal blood. Monymaray sister Henry wants to be a boy instead of a girl. Don’t have an account? Montmaray brings together a strong heroine with distinctive, original supporting characters, a bit of history, a lot of wit, a touch of the Gothic and an exciting climax, for a book that’s hard to put montmarsy.

They are so ridiculous histody is kinda cute.

When she does refer to …more No sex or swearing. The writing was not bad at all, either. Off to read The FitzOsbornes in Exile. I loved this book surprisingly much!