The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

By Candace Fleming

“[A] tremendous history.... In those exciting, hugely readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we stopover at the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause within the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac inheritor who, together with his mom and dad and 4 sisters, will be murdered through the Bolsheviks in 1918.” —The Wall highway Journal
this is the tumultuous, heartrending, real tale of the Romanovs—at as soon as an intimate portrait of Russia's final royal relations and a gripping account of its undoing. utilizing fascinating pictures and compelling first individual money owed, award-winning writer Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers among the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's bad plenty, making this an totally enthralling learn in addition to an ideal source for assembly universal middle standards.

"An exhilarating narrative background of a doomed and clueless family members and empire." —Jim Murphy, writer of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The nice Fire

"For readers who regard historical past as uninteresting, Fleming’s striking booklet is facts confident that, to the contrary, it's perpetually interesting, soaking up as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable examining experience." —Booklist, Starred

"Marrying the intimate family members portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting paintings of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the mind's eye up to the intellect." —The Horn Book, Starred

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist 

Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for notable Nonfiction

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Gapon had devised a brand new and dramatic means of drawing awareness to the employees’ calls for. He could march them on to the tsar and current him with a petition that started: We, the staff and population of St. Petersburg … our better halves, our kids, and our elderly, helpless mom and dad, come to THEE, O SIRE to hunt justice and safeguard. we're impoverished; we're oppressed, overburdened with over the top toil, contemptuously handled. … we're suffocating in despotism and lawlessness. O SIRE we don't have any energy left, and our persistence is at an finish. now we have reached the frightful second whilst dying is healthier than the prolongation of our insufferable agony. … We beseech thy aid. Gapon felt certain this may paintings. in the end, such a lot Russians nonetheless believed within the long-held Russian culture of the Batiushka Tsar, the daddy of the Russian humans. whereas they cursed landowners, bureaucrats, police, and manufacturing facility managers for his or her difficulties, they hardly blamed the tsar. It wasn’t his fault, they acknowledged. He lived so just about heaven, he didn’t find out about his people’s soreness in the world. yet when they instructed him and passed over a petition, like a superb and loving father the tsar could safeguard them from the grasping manufacturing facility managers. He could aid them win good operating and residing stipulations. Gapon observed himself on the head of a mass march to St. Petersburg’s wintry weather Palace, the place the tsar, stepping out onto the balcony, may obtain their request with loving benevolence. On Saturday, January 21, Gapon proficient govt officers in regards to the march occurring day after today. He begged for the tsar to obtain their petition at o’clock within the afternoon. He didn’t comprehend that Nicholas used to be fifteen miles away at Tsarskoe Selo, or that the one humans awaiting the marchers may be the infantrymen Nicholas had ordered there after studying in regards to the occasion. Now a few twelve thousand bayonets and rifles stood prepared. the following morning, as snow swirled around the frozen rivers, employees geared up themselves into processions. It was once Gapon’s plan for them to march alongside various streets, assembly on the iciness Palace sq.. donning their most sensible outfits for his or her assembly with the tsar, 120,000 males, girls, and youngsters walked peacefully alongside. a few carried crosses or icons. Others waved Russian flags or hoisted pics of Nicholas and Alexandra excessive above their heads. As they went, they sang hymns, laughed, and talked excitedly. greater than as soon as, they burst into the nationwide anthem, “God keep the Tsar. ” however the marchers quickly stumbled on their manner blocked through infantrymen. uncertain of what this intended, and never eager to be overdue for his or her assembly, the staff pressed ahead. the warriors fired. Bullets shredded the flags, and icons, and pix of Nicholas. our bodies fell to the snow-covered flooring. “The tsar won't support us! ” cried one of many surprised staff. “And so we haven't any tsar,” further one other darkly. whilst the capturing stopped, among one hundred fifty and 2 hundred males, girls, and youngsters lay useless. among 450 and 800 have been wounded. And the conventional excellent of the tsar because the people’s loving “father” was once destroyed.

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