A Brief History of Montmaray

Author(s): Michelle Cooper
Series: Montmaray Journals Series No: 1
Original Publish Date: Jan 12, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.65 hours)
Product Number: Z100010525
Released: Jan 12, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307707819
Narrator/s: Emma Bering
Publisher: Listening Library
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"There's a fine line between gossip and history, when one is talking about kings." 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 1936, 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. "Once in a while, a special book will cross our paths and make us grateful for life and the ability to read. I'm talking about A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper. I'm calling her Australia's next stroke of literary brilliance."-Viewpoint

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Author(s): Michelle Cooper
Product Number EB00160470
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780375893599

Professional reviews

"In a graceful blending of fact and fiction, Cooper creates a cast of quirky royals who've fallen on hard times. It's 1936. The Nazis are becoming a world force, and 16-year-old Princess Sophie is stuck in the family's "fortified house," on an island kingdom in the middle of the Bay of Biscay, halfway between France and Spain. Emma Bering offers a sweet narration of Sophie's journal entries about highly "un-aristocratic" drudgery, romantic daydreams, dark suspicions, and the surprise presence of some very real Nazis. Bering's childlike voice adds charm to Sophie's spirited observations of her tomboy sister, Henry; brother, Toby; handsome Simon; and brilliant cousin, Veronica. Once young listeners overcome the story's lengthy exposition in the early parts, they'll find themselves caught up in a thrilling adventure. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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