Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544 - Kathryn Lasky

This was a reread for me. I believe I originally read this book sometime during middle school and I remembered that I really liked it. I read a bunch of the Dear America and Royal Diaries books but I would always get them from my school library. Now I’m going to try to buy the ones I liked so I can relive my childhood.


Reading this now as an adult is such a different experience, but I still enjoyed it.


The author did an amazing job imagining what a young Elizabeth I would be like. There was a nice blend of innocence and tragedy to her character.


I also really liked the little tidbits about life at court, like how often they took baths (spoiler alert: it’s not very often).


Overall, this is a great middle grade book for kids who want to learn more about Elizabeth I.