Cover image for Victoria : May blossom of Britannia
Victoria : May blossom of Britannia
Kirwan, Anna.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2001]

Physical Description:
219 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
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.
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.
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Newstead Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Eden Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Elma Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Kenmore Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Lancaster Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Orchard Park Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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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)

Reviews 2

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 4-7-A charming portrayal of three years in the childhood of Queen Victoria. The nine-year-old begins by confessing that she stole a livestock ledger from the stable in order to have a journal in which to write her private thoughts. She fills the pages with details of life in Kensington Palace, from the menu at breakfast, her daily lessons and tutoring sessions to a ball given by her uncle the King, a vacation by the sea, and the negative influence of Captain Conroy, one of her mother's advisers. Throughout, the princess exhibits a shrewd awareness of palace life and a growing sense of the larger role she is being prepared for and must shortly assume. An epilogue reveals that Victoria became Queen just after her 18th birthday. While at first the young princess's voice appears a bit mature, as readers learn more about her demanding education and extraordinary upbringing, she becomes more plausible. A historical note, photographs, a family tree, and a glossary of characters round out the novel. Fans of the series will be delighted.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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