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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407116223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407116228
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi Readers! Thanks for coming by my author page. I've written all sorts of books - from fantasy about animals to books about science. One of my favorite animal fantasy series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole, is a major motion picture. I liked writing about Ga'Hoole so much that I decided to revisit that world in a different series, Wolves of the Beyond. I've recently added a new Guardians book: The Rise of A Legend, the story of Ezylryb, the great sage of the Ga'Hoole Tree. Another new book just came out, the first in the Horses of the Dawn series. I think of it as an equine retelling of the Spanish conquest of the New World. Visit my website, www.kathrynlasky.com for the latest news. All my best, Kathryn

Customer Reviews

This book was a very interesting and engaging read.
Brenna
I really enjoyed this wonderful new Royal Diaries book, and I recommend it to all fans of the series.
Rebecca Herman
I also found the rivalry between Mary and Catherine of France, wife of King Henry hilarious!
Toni Masters

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Mary became Queen of Scotland when she was just a baby, after the death of her father. But in a time where alliances among the powerful nations of Europe are important, Mary is sent away from her home at age five to live in the court of King Henry II of France, where she will be educated and live as one of the family until she old enough to marry Henry's son, Francis. The year is 1553, and Mary is eleven. She longs for her homeland, and for her mother, but is good friends with nine-year-old Francis and the other royal children. In her diary, Mary describes her daily life over one year. She may be a queen, but in many ways Mary is just like any eleven-year-old girl, enjoying fun and games. but at the same time longing to return to her home and mother. I really enjoyed this wonderful new Royal Diaries book, and I recommend it to all fans of the series.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By hiphopgirl_1000 on March 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
11-year-old Mary was only nine months old when she was crowned Queen of Scotland, succeeding her father. However because of many conflicts she is separated from her mother and Scotland to live with the French. To forge an alliance with France, she is bethroled to Francis, the son of King Henry II. Mary is sent then to France to live with her new "parents" King Henry II and his vicious and jealous Queen Catherine de Medici. It is there that Mary begins her chronicle of her journal. Life there in France is pretty much every day life for Mary. She enjoys going to dances, and playing with her future husband Francis. But she loves hawking the best. However the charming Mary's life is made very difficult by the vicious jealous Queen Catherine de Medici. She finds confort though in Henry's mistress Diane de Poitier who was quite the lady and gave Mary strength and inspiration through good and bad times.
This was another ideal great Royal Diary. Like any other Royal Diary it had a part that explained the real history of Mary and it was sad to learn of her tragic ending. Like Francis said he and Mary were really chess pieces on a big chess board and a wrong move could ruin things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toni Masters on July 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After the death of her father, Mary is crowned queen at nine months, leaving her mother and a group of royal chancellors to rule Scotland until she is of age. The year is 1553 and Scotland has joined forces with it's powerful alliance, France. Mary is sent of to France to become one of the family there, and one day to marry King Henry II of France's son: Francis. With a group of four Marys and her governess, Mary writes about each day of her life at the Courts in France, and dream of the days she will be queen of Scotland and France. This book mainly portrays Mary in her carefree days as a child, making friends and playing games, basically having fun. It was interesting reading about Mary as a youngster, an 11 year old girl, travelling at all the richest mansions, manors and castles in France. I also found the rivalry between Mary and Catherine of France, wife of King Henry hilarious! This is a fantastic edition to the Royal Diaries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mary, Queen of Scots / 0-439-19404-0

This Royal Diary is, in many ways, one of the most touching entries in the series. Mary, the young Queen of Scotland, has been living in France, in a sort of 'pleasant' exile, far from her home, her country, and her loving mother. Bright, cheerful, and healthy, she frets for her young fiance, a sickly boy who she has come to regard as a friend, if not necessarily the most desirable of suitors. Though she is a Queen, she is without a court beyond her four dearest friends (all also named 'Mary'), and she has no power within the vicious court of Queen Catherine de Medici, whose consorting with sorcerers and facility with poisons covers the court with a dark cloud of fear and suspicion.

Though I knew little of Mary before delving into this diary, outside of her unfortunately short life and unenviable demise, I found her fictional representation to be immediately and intensely likable. Though she tries hard to be regal and to keep a good-temperament, Mary understandably mourns for the loss of her mother and country, wishing that her exile could be over, or at least temporarily suspended. She handles herself with verve and determination, standing up to rude ladies-in-waiting, outwitting the conniving Queen Catherine, and valiantly standing up for one of her 'dear Marys', when the young woman is inappropriately and forcibly pursued by their music instructor. This part of the novel, in particular, is very powerful, as Mary explores her frustration with people who refuse to believe a girl when she is being molested, and with the necessity of catching the culprit publicly in order to have him dismissed from court.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward's Girl on April 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
...This edition to the Royal Diaries series presents Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland. Yet, she doesn't live in Scotland at all. She lives in France, where she lives amoung the king's court and is friends with his children. I thought this book was exellent. It comes from a person that sounds like a nice friend. My favorite part(s) of the book is when she talks about the king's children(Fransis, Elizabeth, Claude, and Margurite) and her ladies-in-waiting like if(and they are) the best of friends. That makes you think of Mary more as an adolesent girl rather than the Queen of Scotland
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