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Doomed Queen Anne
Meyer, Carolyn, 1935-
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
Physical Description:
230 pages ; 22 cm
In 1520, thirteen-year-old Anne Boleyn, jealous of her older sister's beauty and position at court, declares that she will one day be queen of England, and that her sister will kneel at her feet.
General Note:
A young royals book.
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.9 9.0 63021.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.8 13 Quiz: 31902 Guided reading level: Z.
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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.

Author Notes

Carolyn Meyer was born June 8, 1935, in Lewiston, Pennsylvania. She served as editor of her high school newspaper and yearbook, and spent summers writing radio advertisements. She graduated cum laude with a degree in English from Bucknell University in 1957.

Meyer's first published book was Miss Patch's Learn-to-Sew Book, and she has written over fifty books since then. Her recent titles include: Diary of a Waitress: The Not-So-Glamorous life of a Harvey Girl, Anastasia and Her Sisters, Victoria Rebels, The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots and Duchessina: A novel of Catherine de' Medici.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. The latest volume in Meyer's Young Royals historical fiction series, which includes Mary, Bloody Mary (1999) and Beware, Princess Elizabeth (2001), tells the dramatic story of Elizabeth's mother, Anne Boleyn. Written in the first person, the narrative begins when Anne is 13 and ends 16 years later, as she prepares for her execution. The story follows historical accounts fairly closely, which makes for good history but limits a fiction writer to some extent in terms of plot and even characterization. Yet, Boleyn's story has elements that a fiction writer might shrink from. As the jealous sister of Henry VIII's mistress, Anne sets her sights on the king's affections and, when she attracts his favor, uses her virginity as a shield. Playing the game of courtship skillfully, she gains not only his love but also marriage and a throne, only to fall from grace. An involving narrative that offers a believable portrait of a flawed, even unsympathetic, woman who played out her ambitions as best she could against a complex, precisely depicted, backdrop of political intrigue. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Carolyn Meyer's Young Royals series continues with Doomed Queen Anne, based on the tragic events of Anne Boleyn's life. Told in the first person, Meyer's novel sensitively portrays Boleyn's childhood (at 13, she declared she would one day be Queen of England) through to the moments before her infamous end: death by beheading. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-A novel, told in first person, about the unfortunate Anne Boleyn. In this account of her short life, she seems to have had no other real interest outside of her burning ambition to marry the king. Anne comes across as self-centered, selfish, and sometimes shrill. Since she makes no attempt to hide her efforts to win Henry's affection, she makes many enemies in the royal court, not the least of whom is young Princess Mary. Her eventual imprisonment in the tower of London on false charges and her subsequent beheading are described in the final chapter and a brief epilogue. Given the brevity of Anne's life and its single-minded focus, Meyer does an acceptable job of telling her story and steering a discreet course through the ins and outs of Henry's many sexual relationships. However, the epilogue reads like an afterthought and gives little information about how much of the book is true and about the major characters in the aftermath of Anne's execution. Still, middle-school girls will enjoy this portrait of the doomed queen, and it offers yet another perspective on the intricate relationships among members of Henry's royal family, his followers, and his enemies.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.