The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace FlemingThe Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

byCandace Fleming

Hardcover | July 8, 2014

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“[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.

"An exhilarating narrative history of a doomed and clueless family and empire." —Jim Murphy, author of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The Great Fire

"For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming’s extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience." —Booklist, Starred

"Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect." —The Horn Book, Starred

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction
A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist 
Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction
Candace Fleming is the prolific and highly acclaimed author of numerous books for young adults and children, including the nonfiction titles The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction; Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, a New York Times Notable C...
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Title:The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial RussiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.56 × 6.44 × 1.06 inPublished:July 8, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375867821

ISBN - 13:9780375867828

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from SO interesting! Very interesting story of the Romanov family and their eventual murder.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An emotional historical read This book was a really good introduction to what happened in Russia concerning the fall of the Imperial Russia. The author uses primary sources - excerpts from correspondence, news accounts, etc. - to paint a picture of both sides of the story, while the book also remains incredibly readable. I almost put it down a few times, because I found that I disliked some of the figures intensely, at points. By the end of the story, the tone is more sympathetic, and I think perhaps the author herself didn't know how to feel about the family? I was glad that she took the time to explain a lot of Russian customs and viewpoints that might not have made sense to a casual reader, or that might have come across differently without the background information. It covers Nicholas' entire life as Tsar of Russia, and the life of his family both during and after his reign.
Date published: 2017-02-18

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus starred review, May 15, 2014:“A remarkable human story, told with clarity and confidence.”Publishers Weekly starred review, April 28, 2014:“A wonderful introduction to this era in Russian history and a great read for those already familiar with it.”Booklist starred review, June 1, 2014:"For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming’s extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience."The Horn Book starred review, July/August 2014:"Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect."School Library Journal starred review, June 2014:"This is both a sobering work, and the account of the discovery of their bones and the aftermath is at once fascinating and distressing. A solid resource and good recreational reading for high school students."The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred review, September 2014:“With comprehensive source notes and bibliographies of print and online materials, this will be a boon to student researchers, but it’s also a heartbreaking page-turner for YAs who prefer their nonfiction to read like a novel.”