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

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Award-winning author Carolyn Meyer introduces readers to the unforgettable Anastasia Romanov whose idyllic life is forever changed with the coming of World War I.
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Scholastic
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Feb 21, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
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
”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 Alexan
Oct 30, 2007 Naomi rated it really liked it
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
Arushi Bhaskar
Feb 09, 2013 Arushi Bhaskar rated it it was amazing
"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
Margaret Alyse
Jun 19, 2011 Margaret Alyse rated it really liked it
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
Kit Zaballa
Jan 15, 2016 Kit Zaballa rated it really liked it
This book was my first Royal Diary book and was also the reason for my love affair with Anastasia and her family. Unlike the other girls, Anastasia does not have a love interest or even the prospect of an arrange nor was she given the chance as she died a tragic death at such a young age. This is the 2nd or 3rd time I read this book and though I already knew what became if them, I was hoping that it would have a different ending. I'm glad that the gory details were left out because this was gear ...more
Lucy March
Nov 26, 2015 Lucy March rated it it was amazing
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I received this book as a gift when I was a child (and completely smitten, of course, with the Don Bluth film; I had dolls and little plastic Anastasia figures I used to play with CONSTANTLY). I loved it then, and I still love it now.

With the exception of such outstanding gems in a class of their own (such as "The Kitchen Boy" and "The Lost Crown") this book is one of the best "Romanov" themed books out there.

If you are willing to forgo historical accuracy somewhat, and like me also love this
Feb 24, 2009 Jeanna rated it did not like it
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
Apr 20, 2016 Evie rated it really liked it
I loved the Royal Diaries series of books when I was little. I remember LOVING this book.
Jun 15, 2008 Jessie rated it it was ok
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.
The Book Queen
Oct 03, 2015 The Book Queen rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I was 10 when I read this, and it was my first introduction to the world of the Romanovs, so I was completely unprepared for the historical notes on what happened after the story and I cried so much. I think this was the first book that ever made me cry.

A brilliant introduction to history for younger girls.
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)
Kelsey Hanson
Dec 12, 2015 Kelsey Hanson rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2014 Natalie rated it liked it
I've always thought she was still alive somewhere.
Oct 15, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
Carolyn Meyer wrote this.
Everything makes sense now. Everything.
I read this book probably three different times over the course of elementary and middle school. I mean, I read most of The Royal Diaries and most of the Dear Americas, but there was something about this one. I still don't know what it is. It intrigued me.
But I've always sort of wondered why I can't resist Carolyn Meyer's other historical fiction, even when I don't like it very much from a prose or characterization standpoint. I
Although this covers a period of four years, Anastasia-at-12 sounds exactly the same as Anastasia-at-16 -- i.e. childish and ignorant. I like characters to at least have SOME kind of growth/journey, but Anastasia remained a brat throughout. I guess we were supposed to think she was cute, snooping through her sisters' things (including their diaries) but she came across as completely self-centred. It made me wonder why she was so often referred to as the favourite in the family, when her portraya ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Devyn rated it really liked it
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Okay I just have to say, I ran across this book on Goodreads by mistake, and had completely forgotten it had existed. I read this years ago, but I can't say it's what sparked my interest in Anastasia and the rest of the Romanovs.

Laugh if you will, but I watched the "Anastasia" animated film when I was a little girl. In my life, I've probably watched it over 100 times? Not even exaggerating, it was one of my favorites, alongside Atlantis and Treasure Planet (seriously, those are the three best an
Zoe Lampman
Dec 17, 2014 Zoe Lampman rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2014 Hanna Persson rated it liked it
“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.
Oct 23, 2014 Corey M. rated it did not like it
Tuesday-55 minutes
Saturday-42 minutes
Wednesday-23 minutes

gave up on
Tendril Zam
Apr 06, 2015 Tendril Zam rated it it was amazing
i loved this story though the ending was kinda sad. This story follows through the life of anastasia. Her life is sorrowful one as she was living during the time of world war one. Her father is not as she always not, not every one loves him and as the world war takes a turning tide, people are talking about making the tsar abdicate. In all this anastasia and her family are continuing to live there life as much as possible, with a regular schedule. Soon enough things start going badly, Rasputin i ...more
This was a wonderful epistolary novel about the Tsarina Anastasia Romanov and her family. I learned of the Romanov family tragedy when I was about 10 yrs old and had always been interested in their story. This book gave life to the Romanov's, giving us a glimpse at their history and what their routines may have been like. I enjoyed the character development and the personalities the author gave each of them, especially Anastasia's snarky wit. It was nice to see the family tree provided, in addit ...more
Rachel Jackson
Jan 16, 2014 Rachel Jackson rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Crawford
Feb 03, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
For anyone at all familiar with the origins of Communism, the events surrounding the Tsar's family are already familiar. This is another of the books where you know beforehand that the young girl the book is about is going to meet a sad end.

The book is pretty much like other royal diaries in keeping track of the kinds of things the girl is doing, but it also keeps track of the discontent with Tsarist rule in Russia and the abdication of the Tsar.

Anastasia herself comes across as a decent, norma
Jan 02, 2014 Priyanka rated it really liked it
Just posted this review on my blog - check out this and many more young adult book reviews and recommendations there.

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
Jul 23, 2015 Shirleon rated it liked it
I remember reading these books when I was a young girl in elementary and junior high school: I loved them! I loved to see how the princesses (or their equivalents) lived. It's been awhile since I read them, and as a young girl, they were simply stories and fantasies. As a young woman, a young adult now, I can see them a little more clearly.

Anastasia for example: she was a scoundrel! She picked on her sisters incessantly and when they were mean back, she gave it right back to them again! She was
Feb 17, 2015 Courtney rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 15, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
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
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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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