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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

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ebook, 304 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Schwartz & Wade (first published January 1st 2014)
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Donalyn
Jul 18, 2014 Donalyn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It makes me cringe to see "perfect resource for meeting Common Core Standards" on a trade book blurb. Savvy teachers and librarians can determine how to use quality books. I look forward to reading and sharing Candace Fleming's new book, though. Her name alone guarantees it will be well-researched and artfully written.
Heather
One of the best books I've read this year. Utterly captivating. I'm ashamed to admit I'm not real up on my world history, particularly this time period, or for that matter, Russia. I mean, Russia...
This book is three stories in one; first, an intimate look at the Romanovs themselves. Second, the story of the revolution that began with the workers' strikes of 1905 to Lenin's rise to power in 1917. And thirdly and the most heartbreaking part is the personal stories of the peasants, the men and wom
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Misty Baker
**As posted on KindleObsessed blog**



There is a pretty famous quote by Edmund Burke that says:

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

And, for as much weight as this is worth, I agree one hundred percent. Agreeing however, has done nothing to inspire my desire to learn. It’s fairly safe to assume that (with the exception of maybe 3 key historical figures and 1 major war) I am NOT going to win any history prizes anytime soon.

The long and the short of it… I find it difficult to tru
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Margo Tanenbaum
Candace Fleming is a master at writing narrative nonfiction that is entertaining as well as informative, and her newest book on the tragic and doomed Romanovs is a worthy successor to her last foray into nonfiction, the highly acclaimed Amelia Lost.

Fleming expertly weaves together the intimate life of Russia's last czar and his family with the saga of the revolution brewing underneath their royal noses, beginning with workers' strikes in 1905 and leading up to Lenin's seizing power in 1917. Int
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Laura
"A blessing for the czar? Of course. May God bless and keep the czar...far away from us."
Marti
This is the perfect biography! Ms. Fleming has brought the "Family Romanov" to light with those small personal touches that make people come alive. Throw in a little early 20th century Russian political history, some first person accounts of the average daily life and you have a great read. Despite the fact that we know the how the story ends, the author has managed to to add an atmosphere of suspense. Interested in Russian history or just like a good biography,don' t miss this one.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
4.5 stars. "The Family Romanov" is a non-fiction history book that looks at Russia's last Tsar and his family. The book is geared for young adult readers but I believe that readers of many different ages will get something out of this book. This book is not only the history of the Romanov family but Fleming also shows what else was going on throughout Russia and that is really the part that makes this a stand out book for those who want a better understanding of what happened to the Romanov fami ...more
Lynn
Outstanding! Wonderfully researched, written and cited. Fleming's use of primary source materials adds so much to an understanding of the entire story. I especially valued the inclusion of materials and perspectives from members of the lower classes too. Exceptionally clear and comprehensive overview of a confusing and often murky time in history.
Rachael Stein
I have to make a confession. Though we diligently try to include at least one work of nonfiction in our Mock Newbery discussions, in my heart of hearts I rarely find it as distinguished as the fiction and poetry it's up against. There have been some very well-crafted works of narrative nonfiction in the past ten years, but, to my mind, none of them has displayed the alchemical combination of plot, character, setting, style, and theme that distinguishes the best fiction.

Until now. The Family Roma
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Patricia
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This was a very good book, an easily readable history of the last Czar of Russia and his family as well as the social and political developments which brought about the family's end. I enjoyed how so much history was imparted in a way that did not drag or bog down in details. I came away from it thinking what a solid read it was. Then we talked about it a few weeks later in book group and I remembered vividly so many scenes which caused me to revise my initial "very
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Kristine
This is my current top pick for Newbery brass. Are there some books I might enjoy more? Sure. But this is the most distinguished in what it attempts to do (tell the story of the fall of the Romanov empire, and do so in a nuanced way that explains political societal and familial power dynamics, and oh by the way write it in 250 pages and in a way that a 12 year old would be both engaged and educated?). It seems an impossible task. I couldn't put the book down - watching the worst case possible sc ...more
Angela
Narrative non-fiction at it's most compelling. This is the outrageous (the injustices actually made me rage) tale of not just the Romanov's, but also a Zinn-like people's history of the underclasses that propelled the great historical events transpiring during the turn of the 20th century in Russia. Recommended for grades 8 & up for World History and historical soap operatic appeal. A gateway title for young readers reluctant to delve into history, I have high hopes for this one and have inc ...more
Jscottlibrarian
I am such a sucker for the Romanovs. I remember reading as a teen biographies of Peter, Catherine, Alexandra and Nicholas. What I liked most about this book was the context within which the fall of the Roamnovs was placed. These were not victims in some ways, they were willing to ignore the signs and warnings that were all around. Does it make it right that they were shot? Does anything make the mass starvation and subjugation of millions of Russians tolerable? History is messy. I especially lik ...more
Jennifer
Compulsively readable, meticulously researched, WINNING! Longer post at Reading Rants: http://www.readingrants.org/2014/09/1...
Shelley
A story detailing the Romanov family, the life of Russian peasants and the rise of Communism. I have mixed feelings on this book. It is, absolutely, brilliant and well done. That's clear. It took me a bit to get into it, but I read it in a sitting. I learned so much more about the time period and was able to make connections with the little that I knew to get a much better broad view of what happened. I can't see this as Newbery, though.

Overall, this book made me really sad. The Romanovs were f
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Kim
Good place to start if you are someone with little knowledge of the Romanov/Russian history. I also recently read The Romanov Sisters by the same author and both books together provide a great deal of information. The Family Romanov goes much more in depth on the political history of Russia and what exactly happened to the country after the Tzar steps down. This, for me, made it a bit more tedious and at times boring. I'm not a huge nonfiction reader but The Romanov Sisters book, written with mo ...more
Roberta
The Romanov dynasty requires a male heir. Alas for the Tsarina Alexandra, one pregnancy after another produces daughters. She becomes worn out with the effort. Then on the fifth try- triumph! Alexei Nikolaevich is born on August 12, 1904. Finally, the birth of a male heir insures an orderly succession.

But it was not to be.

Through his mother, Alexei had inherited a terrible affliction. Hemophilia is a disorder of the blood in which little or no clotting factor is present. Wounds take longer to he
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Melissa
The last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, was the wealthiest and most powerful man in the world. He ruled over 130 million people, most living in extreme poverty. His unwillingness to acknowledge and address the poverty of his people and his inept leadership lead to a revolution that toppled the 300 year old Romanov dynasty. Fleming brings together a variety of sources to create a highly readable and age appropriate history of the downfall of a royal family and a nation's government. While telling t ...more
Patricia Powell
Candace Fleming’s “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia” (Schwartz & Wade 2014) centers on the imperial family, telling the complex Russian history through the eyes of both nobility and peasantry.
In 1903 Russian nobility represented only 1.5 percent of the population, but owned 90 percent of all Russia’s wealth. At the top of power pyramid, Tsar Nicholas II owned thirty palaces, estates in Finland, Poland, the Crimea, millions of acres of farmland, gold an
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This book brings the history of the Romanovs (the last Russian royal family) to life in photos and wonderfully written insights. We get to see inside the family with intimate first person accounts of this tragic family. The photos are truly amazing and enlightening. Reading this well written book gives us a true vision into the before, during, and after events that brought down this family. As well as the events that fore
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Quinby6696 Frank
Fleming does a good job telling the story of the end of the 300-year Romanov dynasty for younger readers. She does it as a sort of cautionary tale - the family of Tsar Nicholas II lived in a fairy tale bubble completely ignorant of and uninterested in the vast numbers of peasants, factory workers, and anyone not in the privileged, charmed circle of the nobility. With the five Romanov children it was a clear case of arrested development. Even as young women the Grand Duchesses were treated like b ...more
Sacramento Public Library
Fleming's look at the complex political environment that led to the downfall of the Romanov dynasty is an absorbing read. While focusing primarily on the last tsar, Nicholas, and his family, Fleming positions them squarely in the midst of a poverty-stricken Russia struggling to make their voices heard by a shy tsar who wants nothing more than to hole up with his family away from his political responsibilities. Using first-person peasant and worker accounts of the era, as well as plenty of primar ...more
Chelsea
Fleming's look at the complex political environment that led to the downfall of the Romanov dynasty is an absorbing read. While focusing primarily on the last tsar, Nicholas, and his family, Fleming positions them squarely in the midst of a poverty-stricken Russia struggling to make their voices heard by a shy tsar who wants nothing more than to hole up with his family away from his political responsibilities. Using first-person peasant and worker accounts of the era, as well as plenty of primar ...more
Richie Partington
Richie’s Picks: THE FAMILY ROMANOV: MURDER, REBELLION & THE FALL OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA by Candace Fleming, Random House/Schwartz & Wade Books, July 2014, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-375-86782-8

“Short, with a neatly trimmed beard and large, soft blue eyes, Nicholas hardly looked like the imposing ruler of Russia. And yet this unassuming man reigned over 130 million subjects and one-sixth of the planet’s land surface--an area so vast that as night fell along the western edge of his territory, day was
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Teresa Scherping
At the turn of the 20th century, Russia was ruled by the imperial Romanov family and the rest of the privileged nobility. The nobility made up only 1.5% of the Russian population but owned 90% of the country's wealth. This severe economic equality, along with poor decisions by those in power, would eventually bring the lower classes to a boiling point and start a revolution, turning centuries of tradition upside down. The last imperial family before this new era began was Tsar Nicholas II, his w ...more
Chris
A fascinating, captivating account of the life--and death--of Russia's final Tsar and his family, the story of how the richest people on the planet went from absolute power over a massive empire to revolution and quiet murder in a cellar. Enough information is shared about the politics and life in Russia during the time to provide context, but the focus is definitely on the personalities and experiences of the Romanovs, who above all seemed to want a quiet (though privileged) family life removed ...more
Sarah
Easy to read, as it seems to be geared more toward youth than adults (all the exclamation marks are a dead giveaway), yet that's not where it was located at my library.

This is a very, very brief description of the last of the Romanovs. It took me less than three hours to read. Great introduction for middle or high school students, but not for someone who already has a good grasp on the subject - you will already know everything discussed.

It never fails to tug at my heart strings when I read of t
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Sara
Very personal, informative look into the lives of a family that history has always been intrigued by. It felt a bit dry at times, but the author did a fantastic job of giving all the facts - both those that painted the tsar in the light of a devoted and loving father and husband, and that displayed his poor leadership, anti-Semitism, and utter lack of comprehension that his country was collapsing in front of his eyes. The author worked hard to keep bias out of her work; she left the reader to de ...more
Audrey Laurey
A riveting and captivating read about the fall of Imperial Russia, the lives and eventual execution of the Romanov family, as well as a history of Russia up to rule under Lenin. The novels narrative style and rich details made the text almost cinematic as it flowed from one event to the next. Also, the narrative style provided me with a tangible understanding of the goings on and I was able to retain those events and dates (those details sometimes have a tendency to glaze over, or get lost on me ...more
Amy
Excellent - read this in about two days. Fleming makes history compulsively readable - kind of like what Mary Roach does for science (but without the humor). Extraordinarily well-researched, with lots of quotes pulled directly from the family's correspondence and diaries. The reader really gets the sense that she's reading the definitive account of the Romanov family. Truthfully, I was primarily interested in the grisly aspects of the story, which only comprise the last quarter of the book. But ...more
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