Synopses & Reviews
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.
Praise for Carolyn Meyer's Young Royals books:
"High drama . . . irresistible."—Booklist
"Through a fresh, modern voice, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, is presented as a fascinating, headstrong, multidimensional woman. . . . The scheming and rivalries of Scotland are covered in such a way that the novel makes complicated history accessible and intriguing."—SLJ "Mary is a relatable, sympathetic protagonist, and though she has many responsibilities and expectations the average teen reader doesn't, she still deals with plenty of common adolescent problems: parental expectations, crushes and the confusion they can lead to, a changing dynamic between herself and her childhood friends."--teenreads.com Praise for Carolyn Meyer's Young Royals books: "High drama . . . irresistible."—Booklist "Riveting."—Publishers Weekly "Masterful."—VOYA "Captivating."—SLJ
"Focusing on Charles Darwin's youth, this historical novel hooks readers with a revelatory opener: Darwin's nose almost kept him off the Beagleand#8212;the captain believed that facial features indicated character and the 22-year-old Darwin's honker bespoke a lack of energy and determination. Entertaining her audience throughout, Meyer (Mary, Bloody Mary) keeps Charley likable and easy to relate to, from his hatred of school food and fear of bullies to his anxiety over choosing a career. The pacing is particularly good, and readers get a full sense of Darwin's relationships and his joy in his discoveries. A well-told story that will appeal to all readers, not just those drawn to science."--Publishers Weekly "Meyer's re-imagining is notable . . . for the believable voice, which recalls the gently humorous tone of Darwin's own writing, that of a man quite willing to make light of his own foibles."--The Bulletin
"Exceptionally well researched, and written as a novel in the first person, THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF CHARLEY DARWIN is a colorful story."--Richie's Picks
Nannerl Mozart was a musical prodigy who seemed to have a brilliant future. But once herand#160;younger brother, Wolfgang, began composing symphonies at the age of five, her career and talents were utterly eclipsed. Here, at last,and#160;is Nannerl's heart-wrenching tale. It's the story of her undying passion for music; her relationship with her "miracle boy" brother; and her life as the "other Mozart," the one forgotten by history.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;The acclaimed Carolyn Meyer has written a powerful historical novel about a little-known but gifted musician who never stopped dreaming.and#160;Includes an author's note.
Imprisonment. Betrayal. Lost love. Murder. What more must a princess endure?
Elizabeth Tudor's teenage and young adult years during the turbulent reigns of Edward and then Mary Tudor are hardly those of a fairy-tale princess. Her mother has been beheaded by Elizabeth's own father, Henry VIII; her jealous half sister, Mary, has her locked away in the Tower of London; and her only love interest betrays her in his own quest for the throne.
Told in the voice of the young Elizabeth and ending when she is crowned queen, this second novel in the exciting series explores the relationship between two sisters who became mortal enemies. Carolyn Meyer has written an intriguing historical tale that reveals the deep-seated rivalry between a determined girl who became one of England's most powerful monarchs and the sister who tried everything to stop her.
Young Catherine de' Medici is the sole heiress to the entire fortune of the wealthy Medici family. But her life is far from luxurious. After a childhood spent locked away behind the walls of a convent, she joins the household of the pope, where at last she can be united with her true love. But, all too soon, that love is replaced with an engagement to a boy who is cold and aloof. It soon becomes clear that Catherine will need all the cunning she can muster to command the respect she deserves as one of France's most powerful queens.
Includes a family tree.
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.
Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongside her future husband. But when the frail young king dies, eighteen-year-old Mary is stripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone.Determined to reign over what is rightfully hers, Mary returns to Scotland. Hoping that a husband will help her secure the coveted English throne, she marries again, but the love and security she longs for elude her. Instead, the fiery young queen finds herself embroiled in a murder scandal that could cost her the crown. And her attempts to bargain with her formidable “sister queen,” Elizabeth I of England, could cost her her very life.
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. From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. Desperate for affection and subjected to constant scrutiny, this spirited young woman cant help but want to let loose with elaborate parties, scandalous fashions, and even a forbidden love affair. Meanwhile, the peasants of France are suffering from increasing poverty and becoming outraged. They want to make the queen pay for her reckless extravagance—with her life.
Includes historical notes, an authors note, and bibliography
Though born without great beauty, wealth, or title, Anne Boleyn blossomed into a captivating woman. She used her wiles to win the heart of England's most powerful man, King Henry VIII, and persuade him to defy everyone--including his own wife--to make her his new queen. But Anne's ambition was her fatal flaw. This is the true story of the girl everyone loved to hate.
Carolyn Meyer's engrossing third novel in the award-winning Young Royals series tells Anne's fascinating story in her own voice--from her life as an awkward girl to the dramatic moments before her death.
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.
Poor Anne Hathaway is still living with her callous stepmother, and her prospects for marriage and a home of her own are becoming grim. However, she cant seem to get charismatic Will Shakespeare out of her mind--even though he is much too young for her. But then one day Will impulsively kisses his childhood friend Anne, changing the course of their lives forever.
Here is the story of the childhoods of and tumultuous romance between the boy who became the worlds most famous playwright and the spirited farmers daughter who became his wife. Carolyn Meyer has delivered a riveting historical tale about love, family, the pursuit of ones dreams--and the price one pays for each.
Everyone thought she could never be queen, but everyone
One woman survives many hazards to become the queen of France and one of the most powerfuland reviledwomen of her time
The story of Mary Tudors childhood is a classic fairy tale: A princess who is to inherit the throne of England is separated from her mother; abused by an evil stepmother who has enchanted her father; stripped of her title; and forced to care for her baby stepsister, who inherits Marys rights to the throne. Believe it or not, its all true. Told in the voice of the young Mary, this novel explores the history and intrigue of the dramatic rule of Henry VIII, his outrageous affair with and marriage to the bewitching Anne Boleyn, and the consequences of that relationship for his firstborn daughter. Carolyn Meyer has written a compassionate historical novel about love and loss, jealousy and fear--and a girls struggle with forces far beyond her control.
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
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.
A young Spanish princess will take her rightful place as England's queen—no matter what.
England anxiously awaits Prince Arthur's betrothed--the Spanish princess who will be its future queen. But when Arthur dies not long after the wedding, Catherine of Aragon's fate becomes uncertain. Will the king and Catherine's parents arrange a marriage with Arthur's brother, Henry, or will she return to Spain a widow? Through all this turmoil, the young princess's resolve remains unshaken. She will one day be England's queen . . . no matter how long it takes.
About the Author
History paints her as a shallow party girl, a spoiled fashionista, a callous ruler. Perhaps no other royal has been so malignedand#151;and so misunderstoodand#151;as Marie-Antoinette.and#160;From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. She tried to please everyoneand#151;courtiers, her young husband, the king, the French peopleand#151;but often fell short of their expectations. Desperate for affection and subjected to constant scrutiny, this spirited young woman canand#8217;t help but want to let loose with elaborate parties, scandalous fashions, and unimaginable luxuries. But as Marie-Antoinetteand#8217;s lifestyle gets ever-more recklessly extravagant, the peasants of France are suffering from increasing povertyand#151;and becoming outraged. They want to make the queen pay.and#160;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 authorand#8217;s note, and a bibliography.CAROLYN MEYER
is the acclaimed author of more thanand#160;fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels includeMary, Bloody Mary,
an ABA Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults;Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess
, a New York Times bestseller;White Lilacs
, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA Young Adults' Choice;Marie, Dancing,
a BookSense Pick; and her most recent historical novel,and#160;The True Adventures of Charley Darwin.
and#160;Ms. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.