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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599900467
  • ASIN: B005EP2GWQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* After her mother dies and her beloved brother moves away, 14-year-old Cornelia is left alone with her father, Rembrandt van Rijn, who works in poverty after wealthy patrons denounce him. Growing up "in the shadow of Vader's instability," Cornelia craves convention; she reads books such as Maidenly Virtues to learn proper comportment for young women. Then she develops a warm friendship with handsome Carel, heir to a shipping fortune, and she imagines a future of wealth, decorum, and the outspoken love she rarely feels at home. Many authors have imagined the lives of famous artists from a child's viewpoint. Cullen's novel is noteworthy for its emotional depth and sensitive development of characters. Readers will learn about Rembrandt and his art--his radical painting style, his belief that God directed his brush. Around these facts, Cullen creates a powerful family drama, fleshing out father and daughter into whole, heartbreaking individuals whose inner lives are glimpsed with acute sensitivity. Flashback chapters, which heavily foreshadow a shocking family secret, feel somewhat disjointed, and the ties to artwork seem forced. Readers will overlook any bumps in the narrative and sink into this absorbing, romantic story of a teen who upends her worldview and, in doing so, grows into herself. An author's note, character list, and notes about paintings mentioned in the text are appended. Gillian Engberg
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"Historical fiction, mystery, and romance are masterfully woven, and Cornelia's tale unfolds along the banks of Amsterdam's famous canals, enchanting readers to remain for just another chapter, and then more Cullen's rich detail so revives history as to mesmerize most. From seventeenth-century social mores to the timeless thrill of falling in love, Cullen's novel is a reader's delight." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates - a bimonthly US journal addressing librarians, educators, and other professionals who work with young adults) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This was a very good historical fiction.
Pamela Beckford
Taking us back to the 1600's, this book does a great job letting us know what it was like to be just an average girl.
Chelsie Lacny
I'd highly recommend this book to fans of Jane Austen.
Kim Baccellia, "YA Books Central reviewer"

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Soon-to-be 14-year-old Cornelia van Rijn is having a rough time. Her beloved mother died of the plague a few years ago, and one of the only other meager suppliers of smiles in her life --- her lighthearted brother --- announces that he's getting married. This will leave Cornelia home alone with her grumpy, demanding father. Some might find her lucky to have such a famous and talented parent, the artist Rembrandt, despite the fact that he never married her mom, which caused a bit of a shocking conflict in late-1600s Amsterdam.

Cornelia, however, doesn't feel fortunate at all. Over the past few years, Rembrandt's paintings have lost their popularity; as he refuses to change his techniques, he has few buyers of his work. Rumors even float around that he is losing his sanity. Almost penniless and forced to move, only one of his students continues to study under him --- the serious and quiet Neel. Everyday he comes to learn from Rembrandt, and his small payment allows the family to scrape enough together to barely survive. But Cornelia thinks he's boring and tries to ignore him.

With so few people to talk to, Cornelia finds herself very lonely. When she was younger, she looked forward to seeing the stranger with the golden mustache walk by their home. He had a pleasant smile, and they shared a special gesture to say hello. But he also has disappeared from her life. At least she still has her loyal cat to keep her company.

Cornelia also regrets the huge distance Rembrandt has placed between them. She longs for the easy and close relationship he and her brother share. Rembrandt has often painted her brother, but not once has he painted her. She also finds herself yearning to pick up a brush and attempt painting herself, not just study his work over his shoulder.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ionia Martin TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 28, 2014
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This book is an example of why I am a hypocrite. Really, and here's why. I write reviews and I constantly tell people how important they are, but then I read a book like this, disagree with many of the other reviews and shake my head at people. In other words, I disregard everything I read and come to my own conclusion. Now about the book:

I fell in love with this book just as assuredly as I fell in love with the last book I read by Lynn Cullen (Mrs. Poe.) I believe this book was marketed as a young adult read, but I felt it had much more depth than one usually finds in that category, so if the YA books tend to turn your head away, please give this one a second look anyway.

Cornelia is a beautiful, strong and capable character. She has the wit and intellect to handle such a strong role as being Rembrandt's daughter. Lynn Cullen has a way of letting the reader inside the minds of her characters so that they can experience their emotions and see through their eyes. She makes you feel like you are part of the ongoing story rather than just a bystander. I felt that way with this story.

I love when you read something and you just know that it must have been important to the author at the time that they wrote it. This book has some absolutely beautiful passages that support a strong story that gets stronger as the book progresses. I enjoyed watching the characters mature and grow throughout the telling.

The struggle of Cornelia loving her father even through shame, humiliation and ridicule from others was incredibly well written. I felt sympathy toward her and her situation and by the end of the book, I only wanted what was best for her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda D. Thompson on November 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I thought this novel was wonderfully done. It has a combination of facts and fiction which is woven most delicatly into the books fabric- though I do think Lynn Cullen could have done a little better with how to arrange the drama of the book to make more of an impact it was still great. Almost perfect in fact. I strongly recommend reading this book, it isnt the type to strain ones emotions but does provoke you enough to feel some and keep reading. There is even a few times in this book that I got goose bumps. In the end the book was brilliant.
Also a nice side note, I have done research on Rembrandt an many of the things in the book are true, he did have a bastard daughter named Cornelia with his maidservant and a son named Titus etc. etc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kim Baccellia, "YA Books Central reviewer" on September 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fourteen-year-old Cornelia van Rijn finds herself without a friend after her mother's death of the plague and her beloved older brother recent marriage. She is left with her difficult father-the once famous Rembrandt, who is teetering on madness. She must take care of him though he barely acknowledges her existence. But she finds mysteries which involve her mother. Her only hapiness comes in a growing relationship with Carel, the son of a wealthy shipping magnante, whoes passion for art stirs her. Then there is the Neel, her father's last pupil, whose steadfast devotion to Rembrandt both touches and baffles her.

I AM REMBRANDT'S DAUGHTER is a historical tale that takes the reader to 17th century Amsterdam. This story is based on real characters and is fill with rich details of the life of a teen during this time. Lynn Cullen does a great job conveying the struggles a young girl has with her passion for art and the desire for her father to recognize her. I'd highly recommend this book to fans of Jane Austen.
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