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The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots (Young Royals) Hardcover – June 19, 2012

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"Through a fresh, modern voice, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, is presented as a fascinating, headstrong, multidimensional woman. . . . The scheming and rivalries of Scotland are covered in such a way that the novel makes complicated history accessible and intriguing."—SLJ

"Mary is a relatable, sympathetic protagonist, and though she has many responsibilities and expectations the average teen reader doesn't, she still deals with plenty of common adolescent problems: parental expectations, crushes and the confusion they can lead to, a changing dynamic between herself and her childhood friends."--teenreads.com

 

Praise for Carolyn Meyer's Young Royals books:

"High drama . . . irresistible."—Booklist

"Riveting."—Publishers Weekly

"Masterful."—VOYA

"Captivating."—SLJ

About the Author

Carolyn Meyer is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels include Mary, Bloody Mary, an ABA Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, a New York Times bestseller; White Lilacs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA Young Adults' Choice; and Marie, Dancing, a BookSense Pick. Ms. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her website at www.readcarolyn.com.
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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Series: Young Royals
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152061886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152061883
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My first book, MISS PATCH'S LEARN-TO-SEW BOOK, published more than forty years ago, was intended to teach young girls how to knot thread, make a neat stitch, and sew simple items. The main character of my most recent book, THE WILD QUEEN, Mary, Queen of Scots, is a far cry from the roundish, gray-haired lady with a needle in her hand and spectacles on her nose. Since the thrill of seeing that first book in print, I've written over fifty more books, non-fiction and novels (most recently, historical fiction). In the process I've learned more about writing and a lot about history, a subject that was not my favorite when I was a young student but has become my passion--a passion I love to share with readers.

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Apparently, there's this big world of Carolyn Meyer YA-style historical novels that I've never really known about. I guess I should, considering that I enjoy historical fiction and some YA novels so much, but for some reason I never really knew about these books, and after looking at Meyer's rather long line of bio-historicals surrounding women in history, it seems that this began as a more child-oriented approach but, with the popularity of Philippa Gregory and other historical fiction, it grew into YA historical fiction -or, something like that.

Thus, The Wild Queen was my first introduction to Carolyn Meyer. The Wild Queen chronicles the life of Mary, Queen of Scots who, interestingly, seems to only get scene time (or, book time) in relationship with her nearly 20-year imprisonment by Queen Elizabeth I. In fact, I'd say that I knew every little about Mary's earlier years before picking up this book.

At the age of five, Mary was left as the only surviving heir to the Scottish throne. Fearing for her life (and to secure an advantageous marriage to the Dauphin), Mary is sent off to France. Though she later marries the Dauphin, he unexpectedly dies, and Mary is left to pick up the pieces of her life -and the complex politics that comes with her inheritance. Using little but her own strength and power, Mary must secure her way to the Scottish throne among turmoil, religion and political intrigue -along with her distant claim to the throne of England and uncertain friendship with her cousin Queen Elizabeth I.

I wasn't really expecting much from this book, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The writing here is very solid, straightforward and incredibly quick and easy to read.
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This is a first-person fictional YA biography of Mary, Queen of Scots, part of the author's Young Royals series. Others in the series detail the lives of Marie Antoinette, Catherine de Medici, Catherine of Aragon, and Queen Anne.

When King James V dies in 1542, his newborn daughter Mary is crowned queen of Scotland. Betrothed to the dauphin of France, Mary is raised in the French court and, when old enough, marries and becomes the queen of France. In spite of her position, she has very little power and all that she has vanishes the day her husband dies. Determined to claim her rightful place as the queen of Scotland, she returns to Britain. But not everyone is happy with a female ruler, and not everyone supports her claim to the throne. She is surrounded by traitors and doesn't know whom to trust. Perhaps if she follows her heart, she can make peace with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England.

I am keenly interested in the history of England and Scotland's monarchs and I love reading about the kings and queens of old. Their lives were often tragic and filled with misery, but it's all very fascinating to me. However, sad to say, I wasn't impressed with this novel and I had to force myself to finish it. First of all, though it's titled, "The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots," this is misleading. The book (and the queen herself) is actually quite tame. Sure, Mary makes a few foolish decisions, but she is hardly the fiery, untamed queen that the title and description implies. And she is not promiscuous in the least. Indeed, she remains a virgin for more than half the book, until she marries her second husband. While some historical accounts suggest she had a passionate affair with her personal secretary, in this novel, she doesn't.
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I'm not sure if "Spoilers" is really accurate here since it is a historical novel and it all happened so long ago, however, if you are like me and don't know much about the time period anyway, you may want to skip this review since I'll be discussing some of the things that happen nearer the end of the book.

In my opinion, this was a very long book considering it is supposed to be YA. I am not terribly familiar with the time period surrounding Mary Stuart but after reading this I still don't feel terribly confident about the details of the time period. The characters are all extremely interesting - King Henry of France, Catherine de Medici, the sickly young King Francois, the other Maries, her handsome and STD-ridden husband etc. Some of the general details were vague and some of the details were overbearing. The novel lists in great detail her favorite pastry (pear fritters) and how she defied convention by wearing a white wedding gown and all the ins-and-outs of growing up in the French Court but since it is written in the first personal, journal-type of view all of the mystery surrounding the murder of her syphilitic second husband is just sort of glossed over. The book contends that the Wild Queen had nothing to do with it when there is definitely a possibility that something could have been set in motion by her. The book maintains her innocence. And there at the end of the novel, her last 25 years or so are covered in a page.
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The latest installment in Carolyn Meyer's "Young Royals" series, "The Wild Queen" is the story of Mary Stuart, who becomes Queen of Scotland days after her birth. The book explores Mary's early childhood: in Scotland, before she travels to France, her life in France as the future Queen of that country, and her return to Scotland after the death of her young husband, the King of France.

Ambitious family members (both French and Scottish) attempt to control the young queen, and use her to gain power for their own ends. Meyer does not gloss over Mary's own errors in judgment, to include her disastrous second marriage to Henry Stuart (chosen because he was a cousin, tall, and good looking), a young man who lets his perceived power go to his head, as well as her third marriage to James Hepburn, Lord Bothwell, for protection and to further her goal to become Queen of England.

Meyer's prose is very readable, and the book is enjoyable. Some of the subject matter covered (marital relationships, mistresses, illegitimate children) may be too mature for readers younger than 14 or so. However, since people did marry young, particularly amongst the nobility, in Mary's day, issues such as these are to be expected in an accurate treatment of the subject matter.
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