The Raucous Royals by Carlyn Beccia

Beccia, C. (2008). The Raucous Royals. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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In this non-fiction book, Beccia challenges readers to figure out which rumours about royality are true and which are just gossip.

Rumours include stories about King Richard III, Prince Dracula, King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, and more. Beccia provides some details about the rumour, then asks readers to figure out whether or not the rumour is true. The book ends with suggestions for how readers could seek the truth behind rumours on their own.

This book is fun, but is also really educational and challenges readers to be critical thinkers and not take everything they hear at face value. Beccia provides her reference list at the end of the book, too, which helps to make this book credible. This could be a great book for researching a school project, especially for older kids!

Because this book makes history entertaining, I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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