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Sunday, February 10, 2019

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About the Book

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Title: Katie Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
Author: Susan Barnett Braun
Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction
Release date: July 25, 2013, and updated with chapters on each of William and Kate’s children
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is known to most of the world as Kate Middleton. She was an ordinary girl on her way to an ordinary life until she met her Prince Charming. Now, she appears on television and in magazines. She wears beautiful, expensive clothing and travels all over the world. One day, she will be Queen of England. But along the way, she was bullied as a schoolgirl and she waited nearly ten years before marrying Prince William. Learn more about Kate’s road to royalty in this book! Written at Lexile level 930 (same as the Little House on the Prairie books), this book will appeal to girls eager to learn more about the most popular royal since Princess Diana. Full-color photos; timeline that places Kate’s life events into context next to world historical events

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

Susan BraunSusan Barnett Braun earned a BS in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in education from the University of Alabama. She taught for eight years in northeast Indiana, earning a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship. Susan has had work published in Parents, Children’s Ministry, and The Secret Place. She also writes online for Fort Wayne Visitor’s Bureau and blogs at Girls in White Dresses. She is married with three wonderful young adult daughters. Susan enjoys reading, playing piano and organ, and spending her time with her family and pets (currently three rabbits and a chinchilla). She has loved the British Royal Family since Diana came onto the scene back in the 1980s.

Guest Post from Susan

Back in 1981, as a teenager, I woke early to watch Prince Charles marry Lady Diana Spencer. My fascination with the British royal family began with Diana. As a high school senior, I submitted my senior paper topic: Charles and Diana and the royal romance. My teacher was not amused — but once he read the paper, he did enjoy it and asked to keep a copy.
Over the years, I’ve continued following and enjoying the British royals. When I worked as an elementary teacher, and the next generation of royals came along, I felt that there should be books about Prince William’s wife, Kate. I fondly remembered reading books about Diana when I was younger and felt that today’s girls might be fascinated by Kate in a similar way. I didn’t find many books about Kate, so I decided to write one myself. I learned much while researching Kate (or Catherine, as she prefers to be called). She’s a wonderful role model for girls today in many ways. To name just a few examples: she overcame being bullied by other girls at one of the schools she attended. And, she developed lots of patience during her nine-year courtship with Prince William.
I hope you and the young people in your life will enjoy this biography of the Duchess.


Many of us around the world have been intrigued with the Royal family for a long time. I was especially excited when Princess Diana and Prince Charles married. Princess Diana was eloquent and graceful.  As the years went by and tragically Princess Diana died, her sons took on more responsibilities and were in the limelight constantly.

Prince William is certainly a charmer and a special young woman has caught his eyes. Kate Middleton reminds me  a great deal of Princess Diana. Kate is very poised, loves family and does many charity duties. It did her awhile to finally get those special words asked  her by Prince William. The wedding was spectacular and very moving.  I loved reading about their dating and going to the same school. It was quite funny to read how the school they both attended rose in applications  when Prince William decided to go there. 

The book is an easy read and gives get insight into the history of the Royal family. Now that Kate Middleton is called Duchess of Cambridge, she seems to be always in the papers and under a microscope. Girls dream of marrying a prince when they grow up , but I'm sure it is not all glamorous and fun. The Duchess of Cambridge keeps busy withe three adorable children, responsibilities and protocol  which the Queen oversees at times. I'm not sure I would fit in that lifestyle, but I do love to read about them.  This is a great book for children to read and be introduced to a woman who became Duchess of Cambridge.

I received a copy of this book by Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of the book and a stuffed Beefeater bear!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

1 comment:

  1. What a thoughtful review, Deana. I loved Diana too and she was what got me "hooked" on the royals. Thank you for reading and reviewing my book!