I wish these books had been around when I was a younger reader.
They tick all my historical fiction/fictionalised history boxes beautifully.
Elizabeth: A Tudor Princess's Diary 1544 is my first dip into The Royal Story series and I can't recommend them highly enough for young lovers of history.
It's an easy to read diary format full of interesting facts about the time.
But the main purpose of a diary is self-reflection and emotions.
We see inside Elizabeth's heart - her complicated feelings for her father and mother, the difficult relationships with her siblings, her affection for young Dudley and her ladies.
We get glimpses of her steely character, her bravery and famous independence.
Kathryn Lasky has also written a Royal Story about Mary Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette.
Perfect for mature 10+ readers.
Elizabeth also fulfills the criteria for my TBR Pile Challenge and What's in a Name Challenge.