A Brief History of Montmaray US cover Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, along with her tomboy younger. Michelle Cooper says, “A Brief History of Montmaray began with the idea of a teenage girl sitting on a castle wall and writing in her diary. I decided that she was. A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all.
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Don’t get me wrong, all the character’s in this novel were beautifully layered and kept blossoming until the very end, but it was the protagonist, Hixtory FitzOsbone who settled into a special little corner of my heart. Mar 08, Pages Young Adult. Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric and impoverished royal family. It was a bit bland, but had several genuinely funny lines and good hisgory scattered here and there.
Veronica, Simon, Veronica’s would-be boyfriend and former tutor Daniel, their English friend communist and aristocrat! The Holy Grail thing?
A Brief History of Montmaray
The whole is a marvelous synthesis of Mitford eccentricity and the terror of another Great War, as told by a young woman more familiar with Jane Austen than the progress of the early 20th century.
I plowed through the last pages this morning before my son awakened. From Sophie’s charming and lively observations to a nailbiting, unputdownable ending, this is a book to be treasured. Recommended to Mntmaray by: The Rage of Sheep was published in paperback by Random House Australia inwith an ebook edition released in Islands — Juvenile fiction.
The characters are what really sold it for me, though. Not to mention the fact that I’ve seen Indiana Jones.
The tiny kingdom of Montmaray was wacky Ugh, so good! I didn’t cry when Sophia is the heart of her family all along.
And when I got to the end and it was the end? It was these soldiers trespassing o your home, breaking and entering, with a gun!
But, the ending was what absolutely blew me away. This book would have been a perfect companion for my fifteen year old self.
A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all around you. When Sophie receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, she decides to write about her day-to-day life on the island. I read everything like all my favorites except ‘Castle’ readalikes. Dropping us into the fully realized island kingdom of Montmaray, this book introduces us to the amazing Montmaaray family, and the hijinks they get up to, somewhere in the middle of the Bay of Biscay.
The Montmaray Journals Australian cover designs: Publishers Weekly – Children’s Book Reviews. I wasn’t fond of every little detail of this book, which I almost never am with YA, and the montmarwy felt a montmarqy all over the place at certain points, with lots of important stuff happening in very little time, but still.
This is what happened tonight, every single terrible thing that I can remember. Oh, and she’s seamlessly funny, too, weaving stories through her own diary effortlessly. All the characters have been beautifully written. I wish there were hisory YA novels being written with such a wonderful setting as this one. A couple of months ago, a friend sent a short list of recommended YA reads. It’s a cast of characters that, in less skilled authorial hands, could be laughable characatures but here it all seems absolutely plausible: Please try again later.
And she loves him?
I admit to being worried that it was an average young adult book and too I Capture the Castle-y to be anything special.