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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. Michelle Cooper says, “A Brief History of Montmaray began with the idea of a teenage girl sitting on a castle wall and writing in her diary. I decided that she was. 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.

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I’ve had this theory for years that young adult writers from Australia are the best I know that other goodreaders think the same. Is that accurate or is it a mistake? The whole is a marvelous synthesis of Mitford eccentricity and the terror of another Great War, as told by a young woman more familiar with Jane Austen than the progress of the early 20th century.

If you don’t enjoy princess tales, you might nevertheless enjoy this princess tale, and the fiercely independent, precocious princesses who make it such a beautiful, delightful tale of survival. They know too grief by reading books and discussing hitory in safe rooms. Home About Help Search. Stay in Touch Sign up. What’s the Name o Anyhoo, have I convinced you enough yet?

My reactions I was bored, and finished only because it satisfied a challenge. It was the stuff of nightmares. On her sixteenth birthday inSophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast histoey Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.


It was these soldiers trespassing on your home, breaking and entering, with a gun! The tiny kingdom of Montmaray was wacky Ugh, so good! Sophia is a good narrator. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. I need to expand!

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

I’ve read that before, yeah. I must do this, in case anything happens. On this list was A Brief History of Montmaray, with the note: And that is exactly what this book gives us. I’m excited to read the sequel.

Also in The Montmaray Journals. Sadly I found the pacing glacial and the diary format limiting. I was surprised how gripped I was by the last 50 pages or so of this book.

The FitzOsbornes in Exile, the second book in The Montmaray Journals trilogy, was published in Australia inas a paperback and audiobook. Create lists, bibliographies bdief reviews: I loved the ending to I Capture the Castle. It’s almost plagiarism of Dodie Smith’s novel, that is, until the narrative diverges when some German officers find themselves on Montmaray.

I rejoiced at the book’s beautiful conclusion, which so comforts me given how it mirrors my own life questions at the moment, and also at the fact there are more Montmaray books waiting to be devoured by me. This sounded much better than it turned out to be. Europe — History — — Juvenile fiction.

Mar 31, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: But I can montmxray that because I loved this book so much.

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The great thing about this is that it was scary because it was so real. Well folks, the fact that I’m writing this review a second time, three years later should say something.


I held my breath as she found out about the things happening on the island. This book was magic.

I’ve no doubt it will stay in mine, too. View all 6 comments. But you know what? Sophie and her delightfully quirky family are the last descendents of the royal family of Montmaray, a small, remote and all but montaray island off the coast of Spain. Od worked as a speech and language p Michelle Cooper writes novels for teenagers.

Julia It is but very low key. Kinda like in the Harry Potter films that have Hermione already know the answer instead of Harry doing his own legwork that’s why I loved Harry so much.

The girls matter-of-factly face a unique set of od that, to them, are simply ordinary life. The e A couple of months ago, a friend sent a short list of recommended YA reads.

It amused me how Sophia peices together and expands her sympathies and horizons by reading novels, by observing the people she cares about and trying to sort out what was important about her days and her life.

Charming Toby reminds me of my own brother, Henry with all her escapades made me love her, I fell in love with Veronica as the sharp-tongued scholar esp this bit: The Heart is a Lonely Reader. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Finding libraries that hold this item