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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tween (Tw); Reprint edition (Jan. 2 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064408795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064408790
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #671,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I could feel the crowd holding its breath, awaiting the moment when Tsar Nikolai II and Empress Alexandra would arrive. Read the first page
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Format: Hardcover
Beginning in 1913 and ending in 1918, young Ekaterina, nicknamed Katya, is the daughter of an aristocrat widow. Katya has always known a life of pleasure, happiness, opulence, and unending luxury. Her orphaned older cousin, Mikhail, whom everyone calls Misha, lives with Katya and her mother in their large mansion estate in the city of St. Petersburg. Misha constantly attempts to explain to Katya that the Russian government, meaning Tsar Nikolai II and Empress Alexandra, is corrupt, and because of that corruption, many common people are suffering from exhaustion, poverty, starvation, and too much work. But, unlike Misha, Katya is still at a young and innocent age where she is unaware of the horrors many peasants and commoners are facing. She believes that whatever happens, the Tsar will make sure everyone is happy in Russia.

But that is not the case.

Soon, Katya's mother---having been a longtime good friend of Empress Alexandra---receives a notice, requesting that she be a lady-in-waiting for the Empress. Katya's mother decides to bring along her daughter, as well, for the Empress stressed that her youngest and most mischievous daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, is in need of a companion her age, which Katya is. Katya is delighted t the prospect of coming to The Winter Palace and serve the Imperial family, but just before they leave, Misha takes his younger cousin on a journey throughout the slums and back-alleys of St. Petersburg. Katya is horrified to see how filthy the people look, and how terrible their working conditions in the factories are. But, alas, Misha has still faile in his effort to convince Katya of the Tsar's governmental faults. Katya promises that she will inquire of the commoners' conditions to Tsar Nikolai when she and her mother leave.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin the Warrior on Nov. 17 2006
Format: Paperback
A book about the Russian revolution, this intriguing novel gives many different views on the subject. The story is told from the point of view of Katya, the daughter of a friend of the Russian Queen who becomes a lady in waiting. At the end of the Russian Revolution she becomes a peasant. This allows views from the aristocracy, but you also get to look at the point of view of her cousin, Misha, who is a revolutionary himself. Misha was also in the army. These different views help you understand what it was like at the time of the Russian Revolution for different people.

Even without pictures the text is amazing. You want to keep reading to find out what happens next. I really cared about Katya and Misha and I wanted to know that they were going to be ok. There was tension in the book, especially when they returned home to find that their homes no longer existed. I was worried at this point, but I still trusted that the author would work things out.

If you like historical novels, and enjoyed Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, you will definitely enjoy this novel as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lynn Walsh on March 10 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good introduction to the Russian Revolution for middle and upper grade readers. It is interesting enough to keep them reading, without bogging down in too much detail. It doesn't give much political insight, however. It is mostly interesting for introducing the story of the Romanovs in a sympathetic way, through the eyes of a young girl.
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By A Customer on May 15 2004
Format: Paperback
Angel on the Square is a good piece of literature, but not particularly outstanding. I enjoyed reading it, but I am also emotionally attached to almost everything I read in 2003-2004 so my own phsychological wierdness accounts for most of my approval of Gloria Whelan's book.
The main problem, I felt, with Angel on the Square was how much of a dry read it was. I've read many historical fiction books concerning the Romanov family, and sadly nearly all of them relay the exact same events in almost the exact same way. This book was more eloquent and more entertaining to read than a lot of the rest, but it isn't daring or imaginative and it didn't tell me anything I didn't know. I also find it interesting that the author made a character up instead of defining a less familiar Romanov, such as Olga or Tatiana or even one of the family's friends. But they must all write about Anastasia - even if it's indirect - because Anastasia was the Last Grand Duchess. What exactly is wrong with being the third-to-last Grand Duchess?
The writing style was very impersonal. Gloria Whelan obviously tried very hard to make the Romanovs or Rasputin or the peasants at the Oaks, which was Katya's family's summer retreat, as though they had their own minds in their heads by their actions, but I never felt like any of those actions had any weight. They all seemed to act in one way, too. Stepan, one of the peasants, was always spiteful and grouchy unless he was being whipped by the overseer of the Oaks, Vitya, who was always lying and embezzling unless he was choking rabbits to death. All of the characterization for the Romanov family seemed to come directly out of history books instead of out of an understanding of human nature. All things considered, it was very much like a soap opera.
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By A Customer on April 17 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is all about the Russian and the German war and how Katya the lady in waiting goes to live with the imperial family of Russia. This book takes place over a 5 year period of time which is very confusing to tell. This book is confusing and at the first two pages where the author is supposed to grab the reader, it threw 20 different characters at the reader. Who wants to read a confusing and not good book? There was a couple parts I would rate 2 and half stars but otherwise, CAUTION! bad book.(...)
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