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Misha Semyonov, an elderly Russian immigrant living in the Chicago area, tells the story of his life to his granddaughter, Kate. When he was fourteen, his name was Leonid (Leonka) Sednyov, and he was the kitchen boy to Tsar Nicholas II and his family during their captivity in the House of Special Purpose in Yekaterinburg. He claims to be the only living witness to their murders at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1918, and to know what happened to the two children of Tsar Nicholas whose bodies are missing.
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With the help of two nuns from the local convent, Leonka helps to smuggle notes, which supposedly come from a group of Russian officers who want to rescue them, to the tsar and his family. He also observes the family's lives during these last days before the murders, and records his memories for his granddaughter.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Russian commies!

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Russian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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