A brief history of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper.

   Chris  Review by: Chris

Title:  A brief history of Montmaray

Author:  Michelle Cooper

Collection:  Teen Fiction

On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia Fitzosborne receives a journal from her brother Toby, the future king of the tiny island country Montmaray, where Sophia lives in a crumbling castle with the remaining members of the royal family and their loyal retainers.  As Sophia begins to record her thoughts in the journal, readers get a first-hand account of how even a place and a people as isolated as Montmaray and its citizens cannot stay outside of the political events that engulfed the world in a second great war.  Though this book is a teen book, I think it has a much broader appeal.  Sophia’s voice is at once realistic and humorous, and fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows would certainly enjoy it.

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