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Raven Queen Paperback – June, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd (June 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794527558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794527556
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,149,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author biography With 20 years of experience as a Secondary school teacher and trained librarian, Pauline has a passion for teaching and encouraging creative writing. Pauline had her first book published in 1994, and has had several books published since, including a number of retellings of well-known classics. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the fictional story of Lady Jane Grey as a young woman, before she became Queen of England. She saves the life of a boy who was about to be hanged and gets him a job on her family estate. They slowly and secretly become friends and fall in love.

This is an interesting look at a historical character I wasn't familiar with. I found it a bit hard to connect with both Jane and Ned. Everything seemed a bit too formal to truly get to know them. I really don't get how they developed a friendship and fell in love. That part is rather obscured and quick. Their relationship was easier to believe once they were separated and loved only from afar.

Jane's quirks were interesting. I don't know if they were real or not, but they did lend a bit of depth to her character. Not much because they weren't really explored or explained well. They were more like a touch of something more, which helped her character seem multi-dimensional.

I listened to this on audiobook. The narration was quite good. It was easy to follow along. The story itself switch viewpoints between Ned and Jane, but it was still easy to tell whose chapter it was in the narration. There weren't different voices, but there was a feeling of a different character.

Overall, this was a good read. It wasn't super special, but it wasn't bad either, more of a middle ground story. But the narration was good, and I would recommend the audio version.
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I have loved the subject of Jane Gray for as long as I can remember. I read everything about her that I can get my hands on. This is not the first book that I have read portraying her in a somewhat negative light, but it is the first that I have read in which I ended up not liking either the character or the book.

In "Raven Queen," Jane seemed to be a mean-hearted and unaccepting person. I understand that her belief in her faith was unbreakable. But this book made her out to be a person who was unaccepting of anyone not of the New Faith, even those she claimed to love. She was mean spirited to her sisters, degrading in her thoughts about her royal cousins. Of course she also had repellant thoughts regarding her parents and the Dudley family, but those can be excused if you know anything about either family.

I don’t know if it was all the negativity that made me dislike this book, or if it was that I just don’t like the idea of my idolized Jane being anything other than what I have come to see her as. The forced teenage queen made a martyr by her power-hungry family.
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