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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All
Contributor(s): Anderson, M. T., Donnelly, Jennifer, Fleming, Candace, Hemphill, Stephanie, Hopkinson, Deborah
ISBN: 1524716197     ISBN-13: 9781524716196
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Evocative first-person accounts by such award-winning and best-selling authors as M. T. Anderson, Linda Sue Park and Jennifer Donnelly reimagine the tragic lives of Henry VIII and his six wives. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Kings, queens, rulers, etc.; Fiction.
Courts and courtiers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017024872
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.50" W x 1.25" (1.45 lbs) 396 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): M. T. Anderson is the author of Feed, winner of the LA Times Book Prize, and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, winner of the National Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and a Printz Honor. Residence: Cambridge, MA

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of These Shallow Graves, Revolution, and A Northern Light, winner of the Carnegie Medal, the LA Times Book Prize, and a Printz Honor. Residence: Hudson Valley, NY

Candace Fleming is the author of The Family Romanov, winner of the LA Times Book Prize and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; Amelia Lost; and The Lincolns. Residence: Oak Park, IL

Stephanie Hemphill is the author of Your Own, Sylvia, a Printz Honor winner, and Wicked Girls, an LA Times Book Prize Finalist. Residence: Naperville, IL

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and an ALA-YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist. Residence: Portland, OR

Linda Sue Park is the author of A Single Shard, winner of the Newbery Medal, and the bestselling A Long Walk to Water. Residence: Western NY

Lisa Ann Sandell is the author of A Map of the Known World, Song of the Sparrow, and The Weight of the Sky. Residence: New York, NY

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Also written by Jennifer Donnelly, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Deborah Hopkinson, Linda Sue Park, and Lisa Ann Sandell. In first-person narratives by six female authors, each of Henry VIII's wives gives a retrospective account of the loves, flirtations, and political maneuverings that brought about the end of her time as Henry's queen. Between wives, Anderson offers Henry's perspective, musing on his loves and lusts; Anderson's sly rendering reveals the depths of the king's complacency and egotism. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #2)

Seven young adult authors provide consistent, captivating accounts of the six marriages of Henry VIII of England, told from the perspectives of his wives and the king himself. Henry's entries (written by Anderson) reflect a lust for life and power, as well as his growing disillusionment and isolation. Already in his 40s when courting his second queen, the king is in physical decline and is becoming desperate for a male heir, resulting in a series of ill-fated marriages. Through a mix of dialogue, narrative, and flashback, the authors create a distinctive voice and personality for each queen while recounting the events leading up to her demise. By concentrating religious as well as political authority in his own hands, Henry rendered each of his queens a pawn. Only Jane Seymour (depicted here by Lisa Ann Sandell), his third wife who died soon after giving birth, escaped manipulation. A final page presents an alternative: Elizabeth I, Henry's daughter by Anne Boleyn, as an Amazon. Some authors capture the period more successfully than others, but most readers will find the subject matter—including bedroom scenes—too engrossing to mind. Back matter includes a helpful chronology and a section on "Who's Who in the Court." Ages 12–up. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

Gr 9 Up—All too often, teenagers learn history through a sanitized account written in a textbook, or through decontextualized primary source documents that do not provide the flavor of a time and place. This volume is neither sanitized nor decontextualized, as six well-known authors of historical fiction take on the first-person persona of each of Henry VIII's six wives in chronological order. Candace Fleming's Katherine of Aragon is resolute in her attempts to live up to the model of the warrior queen manifested by her mother, Queen Isabella of Spain. Stephanie Hemphill's Anne Boleyn is a seductress, loving mother, and political victim. Lisa Sandell's Jane Seymour, who dies soon after giving birth to Henry's much-longed-for son, is penitent and introspective, while Jennifer Donnelly's Anna of Cleves, in sharp contrast, is outspoken and independent. Linda Sue Park's teenaged Catherine Howard is lusty, impulsive, and naïve. Deborah Hopkinson's Kateryn Parr is measured, academic, and patient. We see glimpses of each queen in the other queens' stories, punctuated by M.T. Anderson's musings as an aging Henry VIII. A "Who's Who in the Court" helps readers navigate the ever-changing power dynamics, and an extensive bibliography will send them off to do their own research and interpretation of the queens. VERDICT Tudor fans eager to know more about Henry's court, and historical fiction lovers searching for multiple perspectives on complex moments in history are certain to enjoy. A strong choice.—Mary Ann Cappiello, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.