Sophie is a princess living in a crumbling castle on a tiny, remote island kingdom. Upon receiving a journal on her 16th birthday, she begins the saga of a pivotal year in her life and that of her isolated, impoverished and very eccentric family. It is , and the madness that has begun to envelop Europe manages to affect her world and change it forever. Along the way she experiences loss, danger and Nazis, facing it all with a previously unsuspected reservoir of courage.
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Sophie is one of the most charming narrators since I Capture The Castle. I need to write down what has just happened. I need to set down the truth. If I write lies or if I write nothing at all, this journal is worthless. I must do this, in case anything happens. All right. This is what happened tonight, every single terrible thing that I can remember.
Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, along with her tomboy younger sister Henry, her beautiful, intellectual cousin Veronica, and Veronica's father, the completely mad King John. When Sophie receives a leather-bound journal for her sixteenth birthday, she decides to write about her day-to-day life on the island. But it is and the world is in turmoil. Does the arrival of two strangers threaten everything that Sophie holds dear?
From Sophie's charming and lively observations to a nailbiting, unputdownable ending, this is a book to be treasured. Read an excerpt from the novel , read about the process of researching and planning the novel , read historical background information , look at the author's sketches and maps of Montmaray , read the answers to frequently asked questions about the novel and download the teaching support kit.
Teens and 'tweens will be tearing through the novel's second half by the night light. Lauren Nemroff, Amazon. Junior Library Guild Selection. Kirkus Reviews. Blending taut writing and sharp characterizations with historical fact and fiction, this slim novel is impossible to resist.
With entertaining flair, it mixes humor, romance, and a young girl's coming of age with an amusingly gruesome historical adventure story.
Montmaray brings together a strong heroine with distinctive, original supporting characters, a bit of history, a lot of wit, a touch of the Gothic and an exciting climax, for a book that's hard to put down.
The Compulsive Reader. Cooper has created one of the most interesting and likeable characters I have come across in a long time. It's the kind of book that seems so effortless, it could only have come from an immense writing talent. The Heart is a Lonely Reader. Adventure, intrigue, romance, the supernatural - it's all here, bound together by a ripping plot.
This reader hopes there is a sequel. Readers will adore Sophie, who is both wise and brave, and will be left wondering what is next for this courageous young heroine. The unique characters are well placed within the fast-paced background of historical happenings and real people. At the same time, it has a faster pace and greater level of intrigue to suit readers today. This story will appeal to anyone with a taste for history or a calling for adventure.
A Brief History of Montmaray is a rich and layered book that will thoroughly entertain. Praise for the Australian audiobook: "Melissa Chambers's reading brings the story and characters to life, and has imbued Sophie with a richness that captures the essence of Cooper's character.
This is an enjoyable, gripping and fascinating rendering that will delight all readers and leave them wanting to hear more. Praise for the North American audiobook: "Emma Bering believably voices Sophia's diary as she deals with her first crush, attempts to understand the political upheaval in Europe, completes her daily chores, and experiences an eerie recurring dream.
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. In a fine performance, narrator Emma Bering deftly distinguishes between the many characters with variations of tone and accent though sparing us cartoonish Germans.
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Sophie Fitzosborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric and impoverished royal family. When she receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island. But this is , and the news that trickles in from the mainland reveals a world on the brink of war. The politics of Europe seem far away from their remote island—until two German officers land a boat on Montmaray. And then suddenly politics become very personal indeed. 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 around you.
A Brief History of Montmaray
I need to write down what has just happened. I need to set down the truth. If I write lies or if I write nothing at all, this journal is worthless. I must do this, in case anything happens. All right. This is what happened tonight, every single terrible thing that I can remember.