Monday, February 2, 2009

Nonfiction Monday: Raucous Royals by Carlyn Beccia

Did Anne Boleyn really have six fingers? Was Henry VIII so fat he had to be carried? Beccia presents the evidence for and against various royal rumors and you, the reader, pick out the truth!

I'd recommend this book to followers of celebrity gossip (some things never change!) lovers of code and mystery, history buffs, and students learning to research in any subject. The afterword explaining how to "research a rumor" is an excellent tutorial for testing fact against fiction and tracking down interesting nuggets of information.

The fascination continues on Beccia's website, where you can find reading recommendations and interesting tidbits about the book you may have missed on a first reading.

Verdict: An actual interesting history book! There's a good chance you'll get kids to read this without coercion - buy it!

ISBN: 978-0618891306; Published September 2008 by Houghton Mifflin; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library

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