I did enjoy the interesting details of the sixteenth century that were included from a child's view, such as dealing with fleas and nits and bathing only every few weeks. The descriptions of children's pastimes, including play and school, was also informative. I also think that many children could relate to her desire to please and be loved by her father, Henry VIII, and her turmoil in being part of a blended family.
The short journal entries of the diary format was also interesting, but I'm not sure if that made it more fast paced or if it just afforded me more opportunities to place my bookmark.
For fiction that also teaches history through the eyes of a child of the age, I would recommend the American Girl's Historical Collection of stories. Amanda and I both really love all of Kit's Depression era stories, but Addy's (Civil War), Kirsten's (prairie settler), Felicity's (Colonial), Molly's (World War II) and Josefina's (Spanish America) are good reads, too. We haven't gotten to the others yet.
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Fall Reading Challenge: three finished, making progress on five others, six still in the wings (and, um, two started that aren't even in the challenge).