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A Brief History of Montmaray

Cooper, Michelle (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Brief History of Montmaray
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On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.
Authors: Cooper, Michelle, 1969-
Title: A brief history of Montmaray
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Characteristics: 296 p. :,map ;,22 cm.
Summary: On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.
Local Note: 53 64 102 148 149 159 172 188 193 224 226 276
ISBN: 0375958649
9780375958649
0375858644
9780375858642
Statement of Responsibility: Michelle Cooper
Subject Headings: Diaries Fiction. Europe History 1918-1945 Fiction. Islands Fiction. Princesses Fiction. Families Europe Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction-2009.
Topical Term: Diaries
Islands
Princesses
Families
LCCN: 2008049800
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Jun 15, 2014
  • Whetto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Awesome characters and the first book of a trilogy. If you have read "I Capture the Castle" you will like this...

May 27, 2014
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A Brief History of Montmaray is historical fiction coming-of-age done with nuance, honesty, and a healthy dose of awesome.

I'm not a huge fan of the 1930's, or WWII history, so I wasn't totally sold on the premise. But the book centered on a clutch of delightfully real characters and by the time war appeared in the novel I was already hooked.

This book is thrilling, after a certain point, and has a bit of everything- humor, romance, intrigue, and more.

Fans of I Capture the Castle and similar crumbling dynasty stories will really like this, as will fans of 1930's historical fiction, and coming-of-age stories. I recommend it for everyone, really. Especially if you can get it on audiobook- Emma Bering does the accents beautifully, and I swear her voice (as Sophie's) gets more mature as she goes on, reflecting the passage of time and trauma.

Jun 17, 2013
  • Rather_be_reading rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great historical fiction, great fictional diary, great adventure-- all-round great! If you liked "I Capture the Castle" you'll like this (and vice versa). And the best part is it's the first of a trilogy!

Jul 11, 2011
  • martins_mom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you like to read historical fiction, there is lots of history and lots of fiction in this story of a nonexistent island monarchy off the coast of Spain and its young royals. And watch for the sequel, FitzOsbornes in Exile, which takes place in England in the years immediately before the outbreak of World War II.

about half way through teh book, and have to say is pretty boring but it got good reviewsso i'm hopping for the best hah

Sep 14, 2010
  • Jenuine rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Extremely slow start, but the plot becomes more and more intriguing near the end. Unfortunately, it was more than halfway through the book before anything of interest to the reader happened. I had to force myself to read through the first half, but for the second half I had to force myself to put the book down.

Feb 18, 2010
  • quagga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Set in 1936 and written in the style of a journal, it was immediately obvious why this book has drawn comparisons to Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle: the voice of the 16-year-old narrator, Sophie. She lives in a castle - a fortified house, excuse me - on a small island in the Bay of Biscay, off the coast of France. Montmaray is an island nation with only a handful of people left on it besides Sophie and her uncle, the mad King John of Montmaray. They have fallen on financial hard times and things are about to get even more difficult with the arrival of some Nazi Germans. Highly recommended for Grade 7 through to adult.

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Jun 15, 2014
  • Whetto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 23, 2010
  • SCCLD LIBRARIANS FOR TEENS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sophie FitzOsborne begins writing in her journal in October 1936. Sophie’s uncle John is the King of the small island kingdom of Montmaray, which makes her Princess Sophie. But her living conditions are far from royal. Her uncle, King John has been deranged since his wife left him years ago, their castle is falling apart, and most of the villagers have gone to live elsewhere. She plans to go to London with her favorite cousin Veronica so they can attend grand parties and meet dashing young men. Unfortunately, her cousin refuses to leave the island and the book she’s writing about the Kingdom of Montmaray. Sophie spends her time trying to convince Veronica of the splendors of London, keeping her younger sister from getting into trouble, and dreaming about their housekeeper’s handsome son. Sophie’s life seems like it will continue as it always has, but everything changes when Nazis come to the island and the FitzOsborne’s must face old secrets and new dangers.

Grades 7+

296 pages

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Jun 15, 2014
  • Whetto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“There’s a fine line between gossip and history, when one is talking about kings.”

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Jul 10, 2013
  • Rather_be_reading rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Montmaray Trilogy

This seems to cover all 3 in the trilogy

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