Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My Lady Jane


My Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

This story is loosely based on the Life of Jane Grey, who was Queen of England Briefly after the death of Her Cousin Edward and before His sister Mary took the crown. In real life she ends up being tried for treason and loses her head. (That seemed to happen a lot in those days. I don't think i would have wanted to be related to royalty back then.)  This is not how this story goes. When I say loosely, I mean that it has almost nothing in common with actually historical facts. Which is probably a good thing because that sounds like a pretty depressing story to read.

This book was a fun read and amusing little retelling of history. Instead of Catholics versus Protestants, it is magic vs non-magic. I actually thought this was a very clever way to get kids to understand the conflict that really existed in England a little better. I did find the writing a little too juvenile for my taste but I think a younger crowd would really like this book. The characters are funny and the women are strong and independent.

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