Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Family Romanov, by Candace Fleming

Summary:  Traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family, and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography.


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3 thoughts on “Family Romanov, by Candace Fleming

  1. This is a non-fiction book that reads like a novel, and because of that, it’s much more interesting than an ordinary non-fiction book (in my opinion). I’ve found that most non-fiction has a very informative writing style, sometimes bordering on bland, not much humor, and nothing to really distinguish it from all the other non-fiction books out there. This book not only accomplished its goal in educating me about the Romanov family and Russia during that time period, but it also kept me interested and wanting to see what would happen next. I therefore paid more close attention to what was actually being said in the text of the book, and got more out of reading as a result.
    Another interesting thing about this book was the way the story of the ruling family of Russia, the Romanovs, was told. It primarily focused on them, but at the same time you could see what was happening in peasant Russia. The royal family had this merry picture of the Russian peasants as being fairytale characters of a sort: rosy-cheeked and singing songs when in reality they were so poor that they had to bake sawdust into their bread to make it last longer. Being able to see not only what was going in the lives of the Romanovs but also how the rest of Russia was feeling gave more depth to the book, and I was able to see even better why the Romanovs were so clueless for so long as to the feelings of their people.
    This book is quite possibly worthy of a Mock Newbery Honor. I recommend this book not only to people who are required to learn about that period in Russian history, but to anyone who wishes for a fascinating true story that feels like a fiction novel.

  2. I could not agree more with Olivia. While I read this book I knew it was nonfiction but it felt like there was a master storyteller in there making all this up. It gave me all the information I could ever need about the Romanovs and more but it wasn’t in the textbook like, boring format that we normally associate with nonfiction. It primarily focused on the Romanov family but it gave insights to the peasant’s life by giving parts of a dairy, or snippets from books that people published after communist rule ended. It might just win the Mock Newbery award or at least an honor. This is definitely in my top 7 and will no doubt will stay there.

  3. I agree with both Olivia and Benjamin: This book was a great read because it educated you about the fall of Imperial Russia and the Romanov family without making it sound boring. It may sound like this book was just made up, but everything in it actually happened, which was awesome. I read this more than once because I enjoyed it so much. I recommend this book to everyone, and it is most definitely in my Top 3.

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