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Fiction

Anastasia, The Last Grand Duchess by Carolyn Meyer. (Scholastic, 2000)
The Royal Diaries series. A fictional account of the last four years in the life of Anastasia, the final descendant of Peter the Great.

Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan. (HarperCollins, 2001)
The events that lead to the revolution that toppled Tsar Nicholas, the last of Peter's line to rule Russia, affect the young daughter of a lady-in-waiting.

Avram's Gift by Margie Blumberg. (MB Publishing, 2003)
Grandpa Morris tells Mark stories of his family's life in Russia and their move to the United States.

The Dream Stealer by Gregory Maguire. (Harper & Row, 1983)
Legend says that every generation or so, a wolf with superior powers will come to steal dreams. Just such a wolf is stalking the village of Miersk. How can two ordinary children like Lisette and Pasha defeat this beast?

The Flying Witch by Jane Yolen. (HarperCollins, 2003)
When she finds a girl in the forest, Baba Yaga thinks she has just the ingredient required for tasty soup.

The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring by Ruth Sanderson. (Little, Brown, 2001)
Elements from three classic Russian folktales combine to create a story of magic, bravery, and love.

The Tale of the Firebird by Gennady Spirin. (Philomel, 2002)
When the tsar's third son discovers that a firebird has been stealing golden apples, he travels to faraway lands to find it.

Nonfiction

100 Military Leaders Who Changed the World by Samuel Willard Crompton. (World Almanac Library, 2003)
Short biographies, including Peter the Great, highlight major accomplishments and battles.

Cooking the Russian Way by Gregory and Rita Plotkin. (Lerner, 2003)
Information about Russia, its history, traditional foods, holidays, and festivals. Includes a recipe for blinis.

Moscow by Philip Steele. (World Almanac Library, 2004)
An overview of Russia's capital, the largest city in Europe.

Peter the Great by Diane Stanley. (Morrow, 1986)
Peter's boyhood, his travels, and his accomplishments are told in lively words and pictures.

Peter the Great and Tsarist Russia by Miriam Greenblatt. (Marshall Cavendish, 2000)
A description of Peter the Great and everyday life in his time, as well as excerpts from Russian writers.

Russia by Kathleen Berton Murrell. (Knopf, 1998)
Eyewitness books. An introduction to Russia, including architecture, costumes, icons, Fabergé eggs, ballet, and more.

Russia by Neil Wilson.(Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 2001)
The vastness of the country is described, as well as its history, economy, arts, and what lies ahead.

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