Monday, 26 September 2011


By Kathryn Lasky.
240 pages. Scholastic. £6.99. (Ages 8 and up).


Rating: 4 Stars

This is one of my favourite books.

It is about a Tudor princess named Elizabeth who is the daughter of Henry VIII, a king of England who had six wives. Elizabeth hates Mary Ward and does not want Prince Edward to die because when Henry VIII dies Edward would become king, and when Edward dies Mary Ward becomes queen and she does not want that to happen. She does many things in her busy years during which her favorite day is May Day. Sadly, Prince Edward once misses it but is cheered up when Elizabeth brings him back a kitten. Another time she has to watch the doctors ooze liquid out of her father's leg and later they end up bleeding her own foot and she thinks if she can watch them do that then she won't be afraid of anything. She also loves banquets but what she likes best is a wink or a pinch on the cheek from her father.

Elizabeth lived in England a very long time ago. The part of her life that takes place in this story when she is a teenager happened in the 1540's. Compare to most teenager's nowadays Elizabeth is quite unusual for she lives in many palaces for a month or two at a time. Elizabeth is a princess so she is also royalty.

My favorite character is Elizabeth.
My favorite part is when Elizabeth disguises herself as a normal girl because it is a bit funny. I definitely give this book four out of five stars. I think ages eight and up should read this book.