FICTION

American Royals

Random. Sept. 2019. 448p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781984830173.
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Gr 7 Up–Imagine if, after the Revolutionary War, George Washington became the king of America instead of its president. Fast forward to the present, when America’s beloved Princess Beatrice will one day be the country’s first queen. It is no longer only a man’s role, since Beatrice’s grandfather abolished the law so that the first-born could take the throne. But this princess’s life isn’t all glamor and no drama. Having fallen for a commoner, she must learn to sacrifice for her country, even her true love. Her sister, Princess Samantha, must learn to live in Beatrice’s shadow, though she has big problem coming in second in any situation. Her brother, Prince Jefferson, struggles to determine which girl truly loves him and not his title. Readers will be hooked as the three siblings navigate royalty and the struggles of being a teenager, including the inevitable romantic complications and friend squabbles. With so many dynamic characters and enticing story lines, the multi-narrative arrangement works well to put readers into the heads of more characters.
VERDICT A fun twist on history as we know it, and the ending will have readers hoping for a sequel

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