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Susanne Dunlap

Dear Librarian:

I found it a frightening—but rewarding—challenge to write in the voice of Anastasia Romanova, one of the most fascinating characters in history to so many people. She was a lively, spunky, but sheltered young woman who had to face some terrifying realities as her world closed in around her.

The idea that Anastasia was a teenager who must have had hopes, dreams, and the ability to fall in love was one inspiration for this book. But make no mistake: this is not the Disney version of Anastasia. The way I have chosen to stay close as close as I could to historical fact while also giving Anastasia a love interest has already provoked a lot of comment and controversy.

I'd love to come and talk about my book, or answer questions online or meet via Skype. ANASTASIA'S SECRET could start a great conversation about an evocative character and time.

Susanne Dunlap

Anastasia's Secret / Susanne Dunlap / Bloomsbury USA Children's

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-1599904207 / Published: March 2010

Ages 12 & up / YA

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