A Brief History of Montmaray US cover Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, along with her tomboy younger. Michelle Cooper says, “A Brief History of Montmaray began with the idea of a teenage girl sitting on a castle wall and writing in her diary. I decided that she was. A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all.

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Don’t get me wrong, all the character’s in this novel were beautifully layered and kept blossoming until the very end, but it was the protagonist, Sophie FitzOsbone who settled into a special “A Brief History of Montmaray” is true gem.

You already recently rated this item. After lots of contemporary adult literature, this YA novel felt refreshing.

That’s another thing that is hard to do, perhaps harder than being funny. Aug 06, meredith rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a brilliant coming of age story set just before World War II in a fictional island nation off the coast of Spain.

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

The tiny kingdom of Montmaray was wacky and weird, yet always felt real and fully developed. I became so attached to all the princes and motmaray of Montmaray.

View all 15 comments. Nothing in your face. All of the characters, the plot, the writing, the pace…they all blended seamlessly montmarag come together in the form of a suspenseful and moving book.


The Brief History of Montmaray ends on a cliffhanger! Is that accurate or is it a mistake? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s the kind of book that seems so effortless, it could only have come from an immense writing talent.

People living on the island would probably be able to keep subsisting there, paying no rent and living off fishing or kitchen gardens, as their ancestors have done montmaaray centuries and probably with not much use for hard currency on their island anyway. Want to Read saving….

Cousin Veronica bordered on being too Mary Sue perfect. Charming Toby reminds me of my own brother, Henry with all her escapades made me jontmaray her, I fell in love with Veronica as the sharp-tongued scholar esp this bit: A Brief History of Montmaray: Trivia About A Brief History o However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study.

In amongst all the war and family troubles, she still had time to write about her crushes. Sophia was at the heart, watching her family and seeing what mattered to her. When everything goes awry even by the girls’ standards, the book becomes impossible to set down. To ask other readers questions about A Brief History of Montmarayplease sign up.

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Oh, and gotta love an author who mentions in her notes that she used some biographies about the Mitfords to montmarqy her with the historical setting! As far as critiques go, my main issue is that I feel like the narration style of this book is maybe SO much in Sophie’s head that it left me feeling a bit removed from the plot.


Obviously I bought it because the cover was so pretty and really evoked what was the ultimate feel of the novel. The Montmaray Journals Australian cover designs: As the number of villagers grows increasingly sparse, the girls must manage the castle virtually on their own.

Website template by Arcsin. Publishers Weekly – Children’s Book Reviews. When this little thing called World War II was gearing up but before anyone really knew what the heck was going on. Strong and independent but still young and unsure.

The unique characters are well placed within the fast-paced background of historical happenings and real people. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.

I plowed through the last pages this morning before my son awakened. A brief history of Montmaray. On the character front, the other FitzOsbornes and supporting cast are similarly well done – Veronica with her insufferable logic is a wonderful counterpart to Sophia’s more emotional and less-self-assured perspective; Toby’s effervescence, even told secondhand through letters, is contagious; Harry’s tomboyish prickliness is endearing.

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