Duchessina by Carolyn Meyer
A Novel of Catherine de' Medici (Young Royals)

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Young Catherine de' Medici is the sole heiress to the entire fortune of the wealthy Medici family. But her life is far from luxurious. After a childhood spent locked away behind the walls of a convent, she joins the household of the pope, where at last she can be united with her true love. But, all too soon, that love is replaced with an engagement to a boy who is cold and aloof. It soon becomes clear that Catherine will need all the cunning she can muster to command the respect she deserves as one of France's most powerful queens.

Includes a family tree.


About Carolyn Meyer

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CAROLYN MEYERis the award-winning author of more than forty books for young people. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Published June 1, 2007 by Harcourt Children's Books. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Anyone familiar with Catherine’s life would be hard-pressed to embrace this sanitized version of the intrigue (sexual and political) that surrounded Catherine, but Meyer does a creditable job of using the slim historical information to craft a sympathetic first-person narrative childhood, while n...

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Duchessina by Carolyn Meyer is a historical fiction novel about Caterina (Catherine) de’ Medici.

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Leela’s excited for her anu but when her husband is suddenly killed, everything changes.Following Brahmin custom, Leela is forced to shave her hair, smash her bangles, and wear muddy brown saris.

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L.a. Jones 21 Jun 2013

Rated the book as 5 out of 5