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The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots (Young Royals Books)by Carolyn Meyer
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History paints her as a shallow party girl, a spoiled fashionista, a callous ruler. Perhaps no other royal has been so malignedandmdash;and so misunderstoodandmdash;as Marie-Antoinette.
From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. She tried to please everyoneandmdash;courtiers, her young husband, the king, the French peopleandmdash;but often fell short of their expectations. Desperate for affection and subjected to constant scrutiny, this spirited young woman canandrsquo;t help but want to let loose with elaborate parties, scandalous fashions, and unimaginable luxuries. But as Marie-Antoinetteandrsquo;s lifestyle gets ever-more recklessly extravagant, the peasants of France are suffering from increasing povertyandmdash;and becoming outraged. They want to make the queen pay.
In this latest installment of her acclaimed Young Royals series, Carolyn Meyer reveals the dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last queen of France. Includes historical notes, an authorandrsquo;s note, and a bibliography.
The latest installment in the acclaimed Young Royals series by a master of historical fiction tells the story of the powerful and passionate Mary Queen of Scots, who was widowed at eighteen, stripped of her throne, and set adrift, but never gave up her brutal campaign to regain her sovereignty.
The fascinating journey of a famous naturalist
Young Charley Darwin hated schoolandmdash;he much preferred to be outside studying birdsandrsquo; eggs, feathers, and insects. And so, at the age of twenty-one, he boarded a ship called HMS Beagle and spent five thrilling but dangerous years sailing around the world, studying plant and animal life that was beyond anything he could have imagined.
Here, historical novelist Carolyn Meyer tells the story of his unconventional adventures. Itandrsquo;s the story of a restless childhood, unrequited teenage love, and a passion for studying nature that was so great, Darwin would sacrifice everything to pursue it.
The passion and romance between the worlds most famous playwright and the woman who risked everything to be with him.
Everyone thought she could never be queen, but everyone was wrong
One woman survives many hazards to become the queen of France and one of the most powerful—and reviled—women of her time
Nannerl Mozart's heart-wrenching story aboutand#160;life with her genius brother, Wolfgang
The life, dreams, and struggles of the fourteen-year-old dancer who posed for Degas's most famous sculpture
Marie van Goethem, a fourteen-year-old ballet dancer in the famed Paris Opéra, has led a life of hardship and poverty. For her, dancing is the only joy to counter the pain inflicted by hunger, her mother's drinking, and her selfish older sister. But when famed artist Edgar Degas demands Marie's presence in his studio, it appears that her life will be transformed: He will pay her to pose for a new sculpture, and he promises to make her a star.
As Marie patiently stands before Mr. Degas each week, she dreams about supporting her family without being corrupted like most young dancers. She dreams about a life as a ballerina on the stage of the Opéra. And she dreams about being with her true love.
In this deeply moving, historically based account, Carolyn Meyer examines the life of the model for Edgar Degas's most famous sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.
Includes an author's note.
This book of short stories explores how New Mexico's fascinating history and geography connect people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. “Meyers writing style is accessible and engaging, making this a good read or an easy curriculum connection to the multicultural mainstream.”--Booklist
About the Author
CAROLYN MEYER is the award-winning author of more than forty books for young people, including White Lilacs and Mary, Bloody Mary. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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