The author brilliantly recreates the life and times of the young Elizabeth I in this historical novel for young readers. Narrated by Elizabeth herself, this is a tale of treachery, betrayal and deception as she tries to literally keep her head while those around her lose theirs.

Elizabeth is portrayed as an intelligent, independent young woman who grows up under the shadow of her mother's ignominious death by beheading. While she loves her little half-brother Edward, it is clear from the beginning that she distrusts her older half-sister, Mary.

Meyer takes Elizabeth's story up until the death of Mary, when Elizabeth finally receives the greatest reward _ the throne of England. This compelling account of Elizabeth's early life will appeal to girls who love the Royal Diaries series published by Scholastic.

Publisher: HarperCollins


Price: $14.99

Age: 12-plus