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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper. One of The Montmaray Journals.

The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2011
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780375858659

Review: Historical, enjoyable, and suspenseful all describe The FitzOsbornes in Exile. This amazing book by Michelle Cooper tells the story of a teenage royal girl, named Sophie, who is exiled out of her beloved country. She tries to make her way in a new world. The second book in The Montmaray Journals series highlights a never before seen way of thinking about World War II. This historical fiction book is about a time when the world was upside down, and Michelle Cooper shows the world a new way of thinking about international affair.

The story begins when the Germans bomb the beloved island of Montmaray. The royal family has to evacuate and moves to England to live with their Aunt Charlotte. As they live in England, many problems present themselves. The marriage season is a difficulty while Sophie and Veronica look for husbands. Veronica is chased by a crazy person who wants her not alive but dead. The campaign to help Montmaray does not go well until certain pieces of evidence come to the eyes of the people running the campaign. While the Germans are bombing the nation of Guernica, refugee children come to live in the second house that the FitzOsbornes own. Many difficulties block Sophie and her crew but she works through it nonetheless. One moment and one speech could change the entire campaign for Montmaray. Will the campaign work or will it fail to do what is right for Montmaray.

The FitzOsbornes in Exile is a book that is a must read for anyone looking for a good book. It informs the reader of what life was like in the1930's and 40's. This unique blend of historical fact and amazing fiction creates the world in which Sophie FitzOsborne lives. Places and events that occurred are all true but the country of Montmarary is not. Michelle Cooper brings together truth and fiction to create a breathtaking book. This different perspective lets the reader look into what life was like during a war of astronomical importance. The preparation for the war and the tearing apart of families is explained in a new fashion. Life still goes on but just not quite in the same way. This book shows how difficult it was to be a civilian in a time of war. The FitzOsbornes in Exile shows what women were expected to do. How the women had very little political power and were perceived as much lower than men and that they could not possibly be equal to a man. The way that women's ideas were taken back then is really emphasized, and I liked that. The FitzOsbornes in Exile engulfed me in its pages and took me away to the place of the characters. I had to rip myself away from the book so that I could do what needed to be done (like homework). The story showed me that there is always more than one way of looking at a situation. Who knows? Maybe one will be the right way. The FitzOsbornes in Exile deserves every star in the sky but since only five are allowed, five will have to do!

Review written by Kathryn (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of The FitzOsbornes in Exile for this review.

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