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Whelan, Gloria.
New York : HarperCollins, 2002
IL 5-8, RL 8.1
ISBN 0060290315
Katya lives a charmed life.  She is the daughter of Russion nobility.  Her father has died but she and her mother live very nicely in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg.  The year is 1914 and there are rumblings among the poor peasants that things need to change.  Katya's older cousin Misha is a university student who seems to be involved in some form of protest.  Young and spoiled, Katya cannot see why the peasants are unhappy.  Afterall, they should be thankful that they have jobs and a place to live.  Katya's mother is chosen to move to the royal palace and become a lady-in-waiting to the Empress herself.  Katya is to be a companion to the Tsar's daughter, Anastasia.  Life in the palace is certainly different from the life she is used to.  The Tsar and his wife don't believe in spoiling their children.  They live very simply.  Still, the life is a good one and Katya loves her life.  That all begins to change when war breaks out.  Not only is Russia at war, the peasants are demanding that the Tsar leave office.  Things are changing very quickly in Russia.  How will all these changes affect Katya and her mother?  Will they be caught up in the great Russian Revolution?
SUBJECTS:     Russia -- History -- Nicholas II, 1894-1917 -- Fiction.
                        Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918 -- Family Fiction.
                        Revolutions -- Fiction.
                        Saint Petersburg (Russia) -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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