The Raucous Royals by Carlyn Beccia

It’s the last blog tour of the year and I just wanted to say thanks to Sally from Kidz Book Buzz for letting me join the fun. Can’t wait to see what she’s got lined up for next year!

Today is day one of the blog tour for The Raucous Royals: Test Your Royal Wits: Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce Which Royal Rumors are True by Carlyn Beccia. Quite a mouthful–but the book lives up, being jam-packed with all kinds of fun trivia about famous figures from the history of British Royalty.

The book is formatted as an adventure for kids to play through. Each section starts with a rumor, such as, “Rumor: King Richard III murdered his nephews! True or False?”

There’s a fun illustration, the dates of King Richard III’s lifespan, and a paragraph on the background of the story, ending with a challenge:

But Richard had a solution. He crowned himself king and hid the boys away in the Tower of London. The two princes soon disappeared, and no one knows what happened to them. Rumors spread that Richard had the boys killed in their sleep. Pretty dirty trick, huh? But is it true? Maybe you can solve the mystery…

Next up are bios on the suspects: King Richard III, The Duke of Buckingham, and King Henry VII; the physical evidence, and a testimony from a servant of Richard. I won’t give away the answer, but the solution name checks Sir Thomas More and William Shakespeare, and Beccia even gives a blurb on a mock trial chaired by Chief Justice William Rehnquist in 1998.

Raucous Royals is educational, but I think super fun for an inquisitive kid. I think it would be especially fun for homeschooling.

Check out the other blogs on the tour and make sure to stop by the website!

01 Charger, the 160acrewoods, A Mom Speaks, All About Children’s Books, Becky’s Book Reviews, Cafe of Dreams, Dolce Bellezza, Fireside Musings, The Friendly Book Nook, The Hidden Side of a Leaf, Homeschool Buzz, Hyperbole,, Looking Glass Reviews, Maw Books Blog, Never Jam Today, Our Big Earth, Quiverfull Family, Reading is My Superpower, SmallWorld Reads, SMS Book Reviews

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