A dramatic true story.
Recommended grade level: 7 and up
Pages: 304 (for ISBN 9780375867828)
Genre(s) and keywords: nonfiction, history
Topics: Russia, royalty, wealth, revolution
Themes: family, excess, class struggle, war, leadership
Summary: Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew. Continue reading
Solid fantasy of the classic variety, heavy on both action and politics.
Recommended grade level: 6 and up
Pages: 355 (for ISBN 9781250067128)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy
Topics: race relations, women’s rights, class struggle, war, demons, magic, magic schools
Themes: inequality, social justice, perseverance, friendship
Summary: Fletcher is working as a blacksmith’s apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning. Continue reading