A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
(The Montmaray Journals)

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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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About Michelle Cooper

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MICHELLE COOPER works as a speech pathologist. She specializes in learning disabilities and reluctant readers, so she's passionate about getting children and teenagers interested in books.
 
Published October 5, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 305 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, War. Fiction

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Sophie is a princess living in a crumbling castle on a tiny, remote island kingdom.

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Historical Novel Society

Through Sophie’s interaction with two unexpected groups of visitors we experience the aftermath of World War One, which killed many of the island’s male inhabitants, the turmoil of Spanish Civil War, and the impending disaster which became World War Two.

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The Roanoke Times

And when a bit of poetry connecting Montmaray and the Holy Grail draws the attention of Nazi scholars, Sophie’s small world is shaken.

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