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Kids Who Rule

The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs

by (author) Charis Cotter

Annick Press
Initial publish date
May 2007
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2007
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2007
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6

About the author

A writer and storyteller, Charis Cotter has published several critically acclaimed children's books, including a series of biographies about extraordinary children and a book about international ghosts. Toronto Between the Wars: Life in the City 1919-1939 received the 2005 Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence. Most recently, The Swallow: A Ghost Story won the 2015 IODE Violet Downey Book Award, was named an Honour Book by the Canadian Library Association for 2015, and has been nominated for four 2016 children's choice awards across Canada. She lives in Western Bay, NL.

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Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs

While Cowboys and Coffin Makers covers the day-to-day lives of everyday people, Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs details the ups and downs of the lives of boy-kings, girl-queens and baby-emperors such as Mary Queen of Scots, the Dalai Lama of Tibet and Queen Christina of Sweden. From the special sandals that allowed Tutankhamun to “walk on” his enemies to Chinese Emperor Puyi’s frequent temper tantrums, author Charis Cotter seems to include every little detail about lives of young royalty. A variety of visuals including family trees, maps, photographs, portraits and images of artifacts as well as suggestions for further reading accompany the text. This book takes kids out of the realm of homework and daily chores and into the realm of castles and chair sedans. Any child who aspires to royalty will appreciate this candid, behind-the-scenes look at these monarchs’ lives.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2007. Vol.30 No.3.

Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs

Learn about these historical rulers who began (and sometimes ended) their reigns as children: Tutankhamun of Egypt, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Christina of Sweden, Emperor Puyi of China and the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Contains illustrations, black-and-white and colour photographs, further reading list and index.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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