The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

By Candace Fleming

“[A] outstanding history.... In those exciting, hugely readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we stopover at the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause within the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac inheritor who, together with his mom and dad and 4 sisters, will be murdered via the Bolsheviks in 1918.” —The Wall highway Journal
this is the tumultuous, heartrending, actual tale of the Romanovs—at as soon as an intimate portrait of Russia's final royal relations and a gripping account of its undoing. utilizing attractive images and compelling first individual bills, award-winning writer Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers among the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's bad lots, making this an totally spell binding learn in addition to an ideal source for assembly universal center standards.

"An exhilarating narrative historical past of a doomed and clueless relatives and empire." —Jim Murphy, writer of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The nice Fire

"For readers who regard background as boring, Fleming’s remarkable e-book is facts confident that, to the contrary, it's without end interesting, soaking up as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable interpreting experience." —Booklist, Starred

"Marrying the intimate relations portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting paintings of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the mind's eye up to the intellect." —The Horn Book, Starred

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist 

Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for remarkable Nonfiction

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While he used to be good, the palace … appeared bathed in sunshine. ” A good-looking baby with chestnut-colored hair and massive blue-gray eyes, Alexei used to be, regardless of his fragile future health, romping and whole of mischief. as soon as, while he was once 5, he crawled less than the dinner desk and snatched off one of many woman guest’s slippers. sporting it above his head, he ceremoniously awarded it to Nicholas. The tsar used to be now not amused. He commanded his son to come it. Grudgingly, Alexei back crawled below the desk. Seconds later, the girl shrieked. That’s simply because Alexei had filled an immense, juicy strawberry into the shoe prior to placing it again on her foot. He laughed uproariously on the joke—until he used to be banished to the nursery. He used to be now not allowed within the eating room for numerous weeks. a few site visitors wanted Alexei’s exile from the dinner desk have been made everlasting. “He wouldn’t sit up straight, ate badly, licked his plate, and teased the others,” Cousin Konstantin wrote in his diary after lunching with the imperial family members sooner or later. “The Emperor frequently grew to become away, possibly to prevent having to claim something, whereas the Empress rebuked her elder daughter [fifteen-year-old] Olga, who sat subsequent to her brother, for no longer restraining him. yet Olga can't care for him. ” His mom and dad might deny him not anything. They enjoyed him passionately and located it very unlikely to be company with him. due to this, such a lot of his needs have been granted. If the tsarevich sought after a toy rifle, they obtained it. If he sought after pancakes for dinner, they served them. yet not anything may well alternative for what Alexei sought after such a lot of all—to be like different boys. “Can’t i've got a bicycle? ” he as soon as begged his mom. “Alexei, you recognize you can’t,” she spoke back. “Mayn’t I play tennis? ” he endured. “Dear, you recognize you mustn’t,” Alexandra replied. Alexei burst into tears. “Why can different boys have every little thing and that i not anything? ” he wailed pitifully. occasionally he appeared virtually defiant within the face of his sickness. as soon as, in the course of a overview of the palace shield, he hopped onto one of many gardeners’ bicycles. Nicholas was once in mid-salute whilst he spied his son zigzagging precariously around the parade floor. nervous the boy may possibly fall, Nicholas halted the evaluation and ordered the warriors to enclose and catch the bicyclist. Squealing with pleasure, Alexei led them on a merry chase. all over again, while he was once seven, he sprang onto the tabletop in the course of one of many few children’s events he was once allowed to wait. Waving the opposite younger site visitors up along him, he burst right into a frenzied video game of keep on with the chief. Wildly, the boy hopped from desk to chair and again to the desk. Horrified, his sailor nannies, Derevenko and Nagorny, attempted to prevent him sooner than he harm himself. yet Alexei simply hollered, “All grown-ups need to cross! ” and shoved them out the door. The boy will be impolite and domineering. As a six-year-old, he as soon as walked into his father’s place of work, the place the international minister sat looking forward to the tsar. Alexei anticipated the minister to jump to his ft. while he didn’t, the boy stomped as much as him and with fists clenched, shouted, “When the inheritor to the Russian throne enters a room, humans needs to wake up.

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