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Anastasia: The Last Grand Dutchess, Russia, 1914 (The Royal Diaries)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  5,927 ratings  ·  259 reviews
This fictive diary of [13-year-old] Anastasia, daughter of Czar Nicholas and Czarina Alexandra? covers the last five years of her life, taking us from her pampered life as a royal child, through the family's house arrest in 1917, to their exile in Siberia ? will fascinate children. Kirkus Reviews
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Published June 2007 by Tantor Media (first published September 1st 2000)
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”She undoubtedly held the record for punishable deeds in her family, for in naughtiness she was a true genius”- Gleb Botkin

Setting:Russia; 1914-1918

Coverly Love?:Yes! Once again, Tim O’Brien did a gorgeous illustration for this series.

Plot:Anastasia and her sisters Olga, Tatiana and Marie are living a charmed life in the Russian court. Her father Nicholas II is tsar of all of Russia, and she and her sisters are the pampered, adored princesses. Along with their brother Alexei and mother Alexand
This is my favorite book in the Royal Diaries Series. It is about the Princess of Russia, Anastasia Nicholeivna. She was the Last Grand Duchess of the Romanov Dynasty that started with Peter the Great's grandson in the 1600's until the massacre of Anastasia and her family in 1918. Like Elizabeth I, this book shows us how Anastasia's life would be like as a teenage girl, who has never gotten to see her adult years, dying at the mere age of 17 years. Her father was Czar Nicholas II and mother was ...more
This was the book that launched my love affair with Russia. I read it at age 12, fell in love with the Romanov family and Russia, and promptly went out and bought a Teach Yourself Russian in Three Months set (with accompanying CASSETTES, which lets you know how long ago this was!). Ten years later, I graduated from uni and moved to Russia for a year, and my love for the country and its history, literature, culture, and language is still as strong as ever. This is the book that I constantly credi ...more
Arushi Bhaskar
"Oh Anastasia, what did they do to you in the movie?" was my first thought when I began reading the book. And when I was finished with it, I was not surprised to find that I was crying. Because naive, beautiful, captured Anastasia was going to die very soon after her last entry, and even though I knew that it was inevitable, that Carolyn Meyer could not have changed history, I still felt heart-broken.

This book could have been so so cliched, but truthfully, it isn't. My favourite parts were when
Arabella  Adrienne
This was the very first book I ever read on the Romanovs. I loved it. Anastasia was always the clown, the prankster, and I think that Carolyn Meyer clearly provided that fact. It was amazing to me, how she dealt with so many issues - war, revolution, house arrest - and Anastasia still never lost her voice. She was always very impish, I suppose, and I loved that in her. A free-spirited young girl, who Carolyn Meyer portrayed to stay that way until nearly the end of her life. Anastasia was so youn ...more
I only give this book two stars because even though it is a short read it is taking me a long time to read it. I am more interested in the lives of the Rominov's after reading this. The author tells the story differently than I remember learning it. Also, my small idea of Anastasia's story is from the Disney movie which is odviously a far cry from what really happenend.
I always like these books because they're educational about historical figures. I like the way they're written (in diary format), and how they're so short, which allows you to just get a glimpse into the way they lived and if you wanted to research further you could.
I liked Anastasia, the main character, because she's very headstrong and speaks her mind. Even though she lives in the early 1900's I can imagine her easily surviving in today's world.
I didn't like how (view spoiler)
This book carries Anastasia from age 13 when she receives the diary as a gift, to almost 17, shortly before she is executed. She describes a variety of events including the assassination that officially began WWI, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the rise of Lenin. The “diary” also carries her through some changes in her attitude, such as an increasing awareness of boys (though she never likes them) and her increasing desire to be treated as an adult. At the end of her “diary” (which obviously does ...more
Kelsey Hanson
I've read enough about the Romanov family, particularly Anastasia to know that this book wasn't going to have a particularly happy ending, but I do admit that I was surprised at how much empathy I had for Anastasia and her siblings. Their parents were pretty much inept politicians, Nicholas wasn't a particularly strong person or Tsar and Alexandra was completely conned by Rasputin (I'm convinced that he was a fraud who took advantage of her situation). Still, Anastasia and her siblings were inno ...more
I've always thought she was still alive somewhere.
Zoe Lampman
Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914, by Carolyn Meyer, is the fictionalized diary of 13 year old Princess Anastasia, daughter of Russian Czar Nicholas II. At first Anastasia's diary entries are for the most part carefree-- she enjoys playing outside, going ice-skating, and going on picnics. Her and her three sisters are always dressed alike and wear expensive jewelry on a daily basis. Her family has many palaces and servants that wait on them. It seems as though they will always have ...more
I purchased this book for my sixth-grade classroom library, but, like many titles I buy, I wanted to read it first!

Meyer has chosen to tell the well-known story of the Romanovs in the form of Anastasia's personal diary. The reader gets a good feel for the opulent lifestyle of the Tzar and his family, but Meyer also compassionately illuminates the frailties and insecurities of the family that only seem to hasten their eventual fate. And, of course, there is Rasputin!

Following the end of the dia
Hanna Persson
“My Royal Story, Anastasia” by Carolyn Meyer is a historical fiction story placed in 1914, just before World War I. It's a dairy about a girl who is the daughter of the Tsar(ruler of Russia) and all of her sisters, her mom and her younger brother all living in a grand palace, in St. Petersburg. But one day, since the Tsar is a corrupt leader of Russia, the civil war starts in Russia or the Bolshevik revolution. Anastasia's family get arrested and shipped off to Siberia(which was a part of Russia ...more
Anastasia-My Royal Story: A Russian Grand Duchess's Diary 1914

I like these sort of ideas, for although this book deals with one of the most catastrophic events of the early twentieth century, the Russian Revolution, in its form and style there is no reason why it should not appeal to girls or teenagers aged between 7-11. Therefore, I strongly recommend it to this particular age group.

History had always been a favourite subject of mine. The Russian Revolution (1917) certainly stands out as one of
Corey M.
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Rachel Jackson
I recently rediscovered this book, and almost the entire Royal Diaries series, in my parents' basement, so I decided to look at them all again, and, unsurprisingly, this remains my favorite of them all. (Carolyn Meyer, along with Kristiana Gregory, were my favorites of that series' authors.) I tried to read it without the knowledge I have on the Romanov dynasty, its downfall and the Russian revolution, which was difficult, but it made realize that this book is a very good primer for explaining t ...more
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Considering that the book was based off of a diary, it was fairly well written. Personally, I like books that have some constant action going on in them.

It was a diary but I have a hard time imagining that a princess' life could be so boring. The end of the book was rather sad, and I would recommend this book to people fond of reading about royal li
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I found this gem in my library’s book cellar where they sell used books but isn’t actually a part of the library.

This book was absolutely stunning. I laughed. I cried. It was amazing.

This is the only book that I’ve read in this little series. It’s written like diary entries which makes it so unique.

Growing up, I had heard a lot about Anastasia and her personality. I feel like the author did a tremendous job of capturing Anastasia’s voice
I really love these books, and I was stoked when I found this at Half Price Books. THERE WAS A WHOLE TWO FREAKIN SHELFS HOLY COW. YOU KNOW WHERE IMMA GO FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

Anyway, this book was amazing. I had such a good time reading it, and it really gave me a break from finals. I also enjoyed the fact that, for pretty much the first time, I understood certain things that were happening in the book. Normally when I read these books I don't have a clue of what's happening, but I studied Russia and
Carrie Slager
There are very few books in The Royal Diaries series that I hate, but this is one of them. That is surprising because this one was written by Carolyn Meyer, a normally very good writer of young adult/tweens historical fiction.

What was my main reason for hating Anastasia:The Last Grand Duchess? Anastasia. Sure, I can tolerate some whining when a situation is truly bad, but oh my word does this girl ever whine! Life is horrible: her sisters are terrible, she never gets to do anything, her father i
Linda Lipko
This is a fascinating look at Imperial Russia as we observe the opulence that surrounded the Royal Romanov family through the eyes of Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna Romanov.

Winters are bitter cold for peasants, yet there is ample warmth in the grand rooms of Peterhof, The Winter palace and Tsarskoe Selo.

Breezes blow gently as the Royal family amuses themselves with idyllic, charming carefree days in the summer pala
Years ago, I saw an animated movie entitled Anastasia. It was a beautiful movie musical and when my Momn told me that the Duchess Anastasia was real, I pushed myself to learn more about her. I was always fond of reading fairytales and stories about princesses and their happy endings.

However, I found out that Anastasia's story was NOT A HAPPY ENDING. Their entire family were executed by the communists who wanted to reign over Russia. I think Anastasia was only 16 or 17 when she died. She could ha


4 out of 5

The story of the very last Grand Duchess of Russia, Anastasia, told through a fictionalized diary by Carolyn Meyer in the Royal Diaries series/line.

Let's start with what urged me to check it out from the library. I decided to checked it out because I just love The Royal Diary series and the Dear America series since I love historical fiction. :D

I know this is for middle school and below, so it won't have all the elements that a
The first english book I read.

This is Mom's. She has several books of The Royal Diaries. But this is the only one I read. Because she is one of my favorite historical people.

Mom insisted that I read this book to improve my english. I thought I would never finish it because english is not my first langage but surprisingly, the language used was simple, maybe because it's for children?

I think this book is okay. Anastasia's life sure is tragic. I don't know whether the story is REALLY true or not (
Brittney Griffith
I originally read this book when I was in elementary school. I read multiple books in the series after this book. This book is perfect for grades 3-5 because that is an age where every girl wants to be a princess and know what their lives were like. This book takes the reader into the life of Anastasia from 13 until 17 right before her death. It describes the feelings Anastasia may have had in reaction to different events such as the assassination of the Archduke of Austria. It also makes Anasta ...more
*CONTAINS HISTORICAL FACTS* I have to say, i read this book about a year ago and loved it! Its one of my favorites from this series and even though i am 12, i read adult novels about history, but this book is for a child/ young adult. I didn't feel like it lacked much in its format as people say, but that could just be me. I love to read and mostly it is about history, therefore i knew that most of the facts (If not all) were true.

I gave this book a 5 because i believed it deserved it. I think
This is truly one of the best out of the My Royal Story series. Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia (her grandmother Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna Romanov)youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas(Nicky) II and Tsarista Alexandra(Alix) lives with her mother 3 older sisters Grand Duchesses Olga,Tatiana and Marie(Maska) and little brother the Tsarvitch Alexei at Tsarskoe Selo. Anastasia(called imp by her dad) writes in her diary often starting 4 years before she she died at the age of 12. She is a cheeky ...more
Ana Mardoll
Anastasia, Grand Duchess / 0-439-12908-7

What a disappointment! I usually love the Royal Diaries, but for some reason "Anastasia" seemed dull and listless, such a shame when the real person lived such a riveting life. So many opportunities here are lost and wasted and I simply cannot understand why this one seemed so sluggish.

Father Grigory (aka Rasputin) is dealt with only in the sketchiest of details, which is a shame - Rasputin is a fascinating and controversial historical figure and was integ
Esther Zigira
Anastasia Romanov tells of her day-to-day life right before and during the first World War. During that time, her father, Nicholas was the tsar (emperor) of Russia, her mother, Alexandra, was the tsaritsa of Russia, she and her older sisters, Olga, Tatiana, and Maria are the grand duchesses, and her younger brother Alexei was the heir to the throne. When the war starts, Anastasia and her siblings unwillingly trade their luxurious and sheltered lives for those full of danger and begin the hardest ...more
This book is a FICTIONAL diary of The Last Grand Duchess Anastasia.

I think this is a good book and this is probably how Anastasia's real diary could have looked like. Even though the diary itself is completely fictional, you feel like you actually are reading Anastasia's diary.

Even though the book is fictional, some happenings in Anastasia's diary are true.
The war unfortunately did happen and they did die and Anastasia's little brother did have that disease which they tried to hide for the pe
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Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by t ...more
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  • Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 (Royal Diaries #3)
  • Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria - France, 1769 (Royal Diaries #4)
  • Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 (Royal Diaries #6)
  • Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889 (Royal Diaries #7)
  • Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Red Bird of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531 (Royal Diaries #8)
  • Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia, England, 1829
  • Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France, 1553
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