The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable (for ages 10 and up)
Sent away by her penny-pinching guardian, orphaned Sophie Smith attends a drab, old boarding school in London. Sophie wishes there were more adventure in life, like in fairy tales, so she is thrilled to be going on a trip to St. Petersburg with her roommates for her school holidays.
However, they never make it to St. Petersburg. The three girls are abandoned and are thrown off the train in the middle of a blizzard! They are rescued by Ivan, who works for the beautiful and enthralling Princess Anna Volkonskaya. She enchants them with tales of lost diamonds and murder and wolves that are almost too crazy to believe!
Strangely, Sophie feels a connection to the place, even though she is sure she has never been to Russia before. Then, even though the wolves are supposed to be long gone, Sophie thinks she sees something prowling the edges of the forest. Is she imagining things in the magical Volkonsky palace?
You cannot help but be pulled into this fantastical tale, a modern re-telling of Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia’s life. (Think the Disney movie Anastasia!)
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—Elysse, STACKS Writer