A Brief History of Montmaray US cover Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, along with her tomboy younger. Aug 2, A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all. Mar 8, The Paperback of the A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Praise for the Australian audiobook: That would be mojtmaray boring to read about. I plowed through the last pages this morning before my son awakened. I think Michelle Cooper has such a strong grasp on this world that she has built. It has a lot going for it, but something is still missing. People living on the island would probably be brif to keep subsisting there, paying no rent and living off fishing or kitchen gardens, as their ancestors have done for centuries and monmtaray with not much use for hard currency on their island anyway.

Refresh and try again. With the eldest male and heir at school in England and the current monarch most often found locked in his room or throwing chamber mnotmaray about, it falls to Sophie and her cousin Veronica to deal with the ominous arrival of a German scholar and his SS guard. Oct 02, Bill Kupersmith rated it really liked it Shelves: Please provide an email address.

The other huge standout feature of A Brief History of Montmaray is the setting itself.

Praise for the North American audiobook: This book would have been a perfect companion for my fifteen year old self. Books mintmaray Michelle Cooper. I was completely captivated by “A Brief History of Montmaray” The plot builds with such subtle skill that I was absolutely sucked in to the breathtaking conclusion–even as I had kind of figured out most of the “revelations” along the way.


And that both are quite good ; Off to read The FitzOsbornes in Exile. So that was that, I did not particularly believe the setting, believe in the plot, nor montmarxy love the characters.

A Brief History of Montmaray

I find more interesting how Sophia develops her mind. The film and television rights to The Montmaray Journals have been optioned by a US production company.

The tone is more Indiana Jones than Anne Frank and it must be said that the book rollicks. Is that accurate or is it a mistake? Open Preview See a Problem? An audiobook version of the North American edition was published in by Listening Library, and a Vintage Classics paperback edition was released in Australia in I loved this book surprisingly much!

It’s almost lights-out, so I’d better finish. I highly recommend this book for older teens and adults. Cooper’s taut pacing and strong characters make this a powerful historical novel. Self-ap December 11, It’s not the perfect book for everyone, but for those who love I Capture the Castle and Code Name Verity, it should be a very good fit.

She gives each character his or her own intonations and subtleties, but is at her best with Sophie, a teen whom listeners will relate to as her life quickly goes from monotonous to tumultuous. Hit hard by the depression, money had run out and the island was now only inhabited by the royal family and a few loyal servants.

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With entertaining flair, Cooper mixes humor, romance, and a young girl’s coming-of-age with Princess Sophia FitzOsborne keeps a journal describing her family’s crumbling island kingdom fictional with its six subjects. On this list was A Brief History of Montmaray, with the note: Kindly log in to add this item to Cart. All the mongmaray have been beautifully written.

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At least enough for me to feel that what she could do right was more important than what she wasn’t as good at. Sophie was an amazing lead.

I liked that Cooper knew what to take seriously her charactersand could montjaray fun at the rest. I think the fact that this was written like a diary is what really reminded me of I Capture the Castle. The e A couple of months ago, a friend sent a short list of recommended YA reads.


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She did so in the acknowledgements of the second book of this series, though, which softened my perspective a little bit. Christabella Designs; cover photos: The girls histort face a unique set of circumstances that, to them, are simply ordinary life. When she receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island. I laughed out loud when Sophia figures out that something means something because of a novel she hietory reading Oscar Wilde!

The book takes a rather dark and gruesome turn about half-way through which thankfully doesn’t last much more than two or three chaptersand while nothing was horribly detailed, the idea of night intruders and mutilation were enough to make me stop reading this book before bed – but not enough to make me stop reading it all together ; Not only am I curious to read the next installment – I’ve already ordered it: Publishers Weekly – Children’s Book Reviews.

Sep 14, Rosemary rated it it was amazing.

Stay in Touch Sign up. The Montmaray Journals Australian cover designs: Feb 07, Bethany rated it really liked it Shelves: If your bookshelf is filled with brisf like Rebecca, I Captured The Castle, and Love In A Cold Climate, you’ll want to add this pitch-perfect historical novel narrated by a ragamuffin princess and set in the late s.

Even on a tiny island, there are happenings beyond what the rest of the normal world gets up to – I guess this is what happens when you’re royalty. Europe — History — — Juvenile fiction. Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak.