Book Review: A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner -

Book Review: A Murder for Her Majesty

So, a couple of months ago, I was reading a book called A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner. I think that this is a book suited for 6th-graders and up. It is set in the Elizabethan era. This whole post could be a spoiler alert — so readers beware. Parents, I warn you, this book has murder, fighting, and a kidnapping.

This book is about how an 11-year-old girl, Alice Tuckfield, who witnessed the murder of her father, hides from the murderers by disguising herself as a boy and enlists into an all-boy choir.

The headmistress of the dorm, Dame Agnes, is unaware that Alice is a girl. So are her professors. Only a handful of choir boys actually know Alice is a girl.

I enjoyed this book and think most kids should read this, if for no other reason than to see that you shouldn’t change yourself based on others’ remarks.

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We used this book as a Read Aloud. I choose this book since I’ve seen it on several homeschool reading lists. Although both CrazyJCGirl & I loved this book, I was disappointed from a homeschool point-of-view. Based on the title alone, I thought it would have covered more about the Queen Elizabeth and her court. This book only briefly mentions Elizabeth. I consider this book to be a children’s mystery set during the Elizabethan Era. If you want to learn about what life was like as a choir-boy, this book is perfect. I scheduled this book to align with:

MOH3: Elizabeth I – 1558