The Lost Crown By Sarah Miller

“I can’t even imagine

what else is left to change.”

Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia – OTMA. These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, Russian grand duchesses living a life steeped in tradition and privilege. For these sisters on the brink of beginning their own lives at the mercy of royal matchmakers, summer 1914 promises to be a precious last wink of time together – time to link arms and laugh, to share their dreams and worries, and to flirt with the officers of their imperial yacht.

But in a gunshot the future changes – for them, and for Russia.

As World War I ignites across Europe, political unrest sweeps Russia. First dissent, then disorder, mutiny, and revolution. For Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, the end of their girlhood together is colliding with the end of more than they ever imagined.

At the same time hopeful and hopeless, naive and wise, the voices of these sisters form a chorus singing a requiem for the Romanov dynasty. Impeccably researched and utterly fascinating, acclaimed author Sarah Miller recounts the final days of imperial Russia with lyricism, criticism and true compassion.

(Previously published as The Lost Crown.)

Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia | OTMA
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“Thoroughly researched, poignant and compelling.”

~ Kirkus (starred review)

“This thoroughly researched novel brings the four young women to readers in their own voices… [E]ach girl is given time and space to reveal and reflect, and like the best historical novels, this allows modern-day teens to see parts of themselves in very different people.”

~ Booklist

“The end may be inevitable and heart breaking, but the journey is fascinating….it never loses its hold on the reader.”

~ Children’s Literature

“Meticulous research lends convincing detail to the final year of the Imperial family as the novel approaches its grim conclusion.”

~ Horn Book Guide

“The author has made the Romanov family real.”

~ Library Media Connection

“A finely crafted, character-infused novel that leaves readers wishing it could have ended another way for the Romanovs.”

~ School Library Journal


ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults