Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan

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It is a golden time for the aristocracy of St. Petersburg in the fall of 1914. The daughter of a lady-in-waiting, Katya Ivanova is safe behind palace walls. She takes her vacations on the imperial yacht and her tea with the Tsar's daughters. The royal family feels like her own.

But outside the palace, a devastating war sweeps through Europe, and deep unrest takes root in Russia. As the flame of revolution ignites in a country where the rich have always ruled, Katya's once-certain future dissolves.

National Book Award-winning author Gloria Whelan transports readers to a crumbling, war-torn Russia, where one young woman, growing up in the shadow of a revolution, must take her future into her own hands.


About Gloria Whelan

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Gloria Whelan is an award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children and young adults. She won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her novel Homeless Bird". A versatile author of historical and contemporary fiction for children and young adults, as well as short stories and poetry for adults, Whelan is, according to Liz Rosenberg in the Chicago Tribune", "an accomplished, graceful, and intelligent writer." Visit her at Amanda Hall has illustrated many books for children, includingTales from India (Candlewick), Prince of the Birds (Frances Lincoln), and The Stolen Sun (Eerdmans). Amanda lives in England. Visit her website at
Published August 21, 2001 by HarperCollins. 304 pages
Genres: Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Trying to encapsulate this particular sweep of history in 300 pages is no easy task, and Whelan (Homeless Bird, 2000, etc.) clearly struggles with the challenge of establishing sympathy for the Tsar’s family while at the same time allowing her protagonist to understand the depths of the social in...

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It is 1913 in Russia, and Katya, an aristocratic girl, cannot completely support the Tsar's treatment of his people nor condone their violent reaction to oppression.

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Both Katya's and Misha's fathers died in a war, and the Countess took in Misha when his mother died, too.

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