Nomination: My Lady Jane

Hand, Cynthia. My Lady Jane. 2016. 512p. Harper/HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062391742). Gr. 9-up.

Lady Jane Grey is married by her cousin King Edward to a nobleman in an effort to secure the throne when the King eventually succumbs to The Affliction. Jane, an educated intellectual is dismayed by her match, but is further dismayed when her cousin supposedly dies, leaving her Queen of England, but only for nine days. Armed with a consciousness and a desire to do good, she strives to find a balance between the Edians and the Verities. She works with an unlikely band of heroes to recover the throne, and bring peace and prosperity to a troubled land.

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