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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane combines history, humor, and magic to recreate the story of Lady Jane Grey with a twist. I remember the Lady Jane tragedy as it is portrayed in the 1986 film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes--high romance that left audiences weeping. My Lady Jane is a hilarious twist on the real story. In this version, instead of political conflict between Catholics and Anglicans, the fight is between the Verities (normal humans) and the Ethians (humans that transform into animals). Edward may or may not escape death and Lord Gifford is a horse (but only from dusk until dawn).

If you like historical detail and accuracy, don’t pick up My Lady Jane. However, if you enjoy creative and humorous alternate history, it is the perfect book for you. This is a fun and clean read on its own, but is even more entertaining in comparison to the actual historical accounts.

Recommended ages--12 and up

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