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Title:
Victoria : May blossom of Britannia
Author:
Kirwan, Anna.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
219 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Summary:
In 1829, nine-year-old Victoria begins a journal chronicling her life as an English princess. Includes information on the reign, marriage, and family life of Queen Victoria and English civilization during that period.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.2 6.0 54693.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.9 10 Quiz: 26188 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780439215985
Format :
Book

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Author Notes

Laurence Yep was born in San Francisco, California on June 14, 1948. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He primarily writes fiction for young adults, but has also written and edited several works for adults. His first novel, Sweetwater, was published in 1973. His other books include Dragonwings, Dragon's Gate, Shadow Lord, Child of the Owl, The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island. He has won numerous awards for his work including the Newbery Medal Honor Book, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. The life of a princess is not necessarily a lot of fun. Kirwan's rather plodding effort in the Royal Diaries series exemplifies that sentiment as it describes the childhood of the girl who became Queen Victoria. She has to hide her diary: her every thought, word, and action seem subject to scrutiny. A spirited and bright child, Victoria is aware of the political currents that swirl around her, but how close she is in royal succession to the throne is actually kept hidden from her. Covering Victoria's tenth and eleventh years, the diary speaks of meals and parties but also hardship, strictures, and Victoria's examinations, conducted by the bishops to see if she is sufficiently educated. Although photographs, a family tree, and some notes are included, it is impossible to tell what in this fictional diary is based on historical fact and what is made up. For collections where books in this series are in demand. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This entry in the series covers four months in the life of Princess Redbird, a member of the royal family of the Hsien people. Decades before, China had invaded their land and now the Hsien live in an uneasy peace with the invaders. With an eye to the future of his people, Redbird's father sends the 16-year-old to a Chinese school to learn the language and the customs of the Chinese, and also to be a representative of her people. Once there she also learns the joy of reading while studying under Master Chen. Her schooling is interrupted when a neighboring tribe, the Dog Heads, begins attacks on both the Hsien and the Chinese. The attacks escalate and all Princess Redbird's knowledge is required to help set up an alliance between the two to defeat the invaders. Before the Hsien forces triumph, many are killed, including Master Chen and Redbird's father. She, however, has discovered a talent for diplomacy and the foresight and practicality to look ahead for the good of her people. Characters are well drawn, especially Redbird and Master Chen. Historical notes are appended describing China of the sixth century and the real Lady of Ch'iao Kuo (a title bestowed years later by the Chinese). This worthy addition to this series features a feisty heroine who must take on adult responsibilities too soon.-Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.