Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars, Korea, A.D. 595

Sondok Princess of the Moon and Stars Korea A D In the late seventh century the land that we now call Korea was embroiled with political and religious conflicts Three kingdoms Silla Koguryo and Paekche fought for supremacy and three faiths Sham
  • Title: Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars, Korea, A.D. 595
  • Author: Sheri Holman
  • ISBN: 9780439165860
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars, Korea, A.D. 595
    In the late seventh century, the land that we now call Korea was embroiled with political and religious conflicts Three kingdoms Silla, Koguryo, and Paekche fought for supremacy, and three faiths Shamanism, Buddhism, and Confucianism battled for dominance Princess Sondok, the eldest daughter of King Chinp yong of Silla, must contemplate problems that few other 14 yeaIn the late seventh century, the land that we now call Korea was embroiled with political and religious conflicts Three kingdoms Silla, Koguryo, and Paekche fought for supremacy, and three faiths Shamanism, Buddhism, and Confucianism battled for dominance Princess Sondok, the eldest daughter of King Chinp yong of Silla, must contemplate problems that few other 14 year olds ever to think of Another expertly crafted addition to the Royal Diaries series.
    Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars, Korea, A.D. 595 By Sheri Holman,

    Sondok Princess of the Moon and Stars Royal Diaries Jun , Princess Sondok lives in the Korean palaces and courts with her mother and father, the King and Queen of Silla, and her two younger sisters Sondok does not keep a rather traditional diary instead, she gives a daily account of her life by way of offering written on scraps of paper to her deceased and beloved grandmother s ancient form of communicating with the human spirits passed from our Sondok Princess of the Moon and Stars, Korea, A.D by Princess Sondok, the eldest daughter of King Chinp yong of Silla, must contemplate problems that few other yea In the late seventh century, the land that we now call Korea was embroiled with political and religious conflicts Three kingdoms Silla, Koguryo, and Paekche fought for supremacy, and three faiths Shamanism, Buddhism, and Confucianism battled for dominance. Queen Seondeok of Silla Sondok Princess of the Moon and Stars Dear America Wiki Jun , Sondok Princess of the Moon and Stars is a fictional diary written by Sheri Holman It was Holman s first and only entry in The Royal Diaries The book was published in June by Characters Sondok

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  • Sheri Holman

    Sheri Holman graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1988, mastering in Theatre From there, she became an assistant to a literary agent In that time, she began to write her first novel, A Stolen Tongue It was published in 1996 She then went on to write The Dress Lodger, which was published in 1999 Sheri Holman also wrote Sondok, Princess of the Moon and Stars, which was published in 2002 and Mammoth Cheese, which published in 2003 Sheri Holman now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.

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  • Great characters, but the diary format works even less well here than it does in other books in this series Sondok s diary is made up of notes written to the jar containing her grandmother s ashes a clever idea, except that Sondok spends much of her time explaining things that her grandmother would already have known about culture and customs.Awkward structure aside, Sondok s life and times are extremely interesting, and I wish there was informationa available about this woman and her extraordi [...]


  • The latest in my series read through project This one was fine Some parts were interesting, such as Sondok s family dynamic and some of her interest in constellations and astronomy, some parts were on the boring side Not bad, not great I think I have personal interest in tales set in Japan or China vs Korea, so different strokes for different folks.


  • Sondok is one of the books from the s Royal Diaries range I ve been collecting the books for a couple of years now and you can see all my reviews here The Royal Diaries series are fictionalized diaries of real historical royal women As the series is aimed at teenage girls, the books are set during the royal women s adolescence There s some creative license to the dates and facts in the books so further research is required if you want to know the real story For instance, Sondok s original name w [...]


  • Looking at my reviews in cloud form, I realized that most of my reviews are on fantasies and that is because it is one of my favorite genres However, I know I need to be inclusive, so I remembered that I had not reviewed any of the books from The Royal Diaries series and I picked this one up This book is narrated by young Sondok in messages she writes to her grandmother s spirit living in a sacred jar Sondok s father is king and her mother has provided no male heir, so that means Sondok will ha [...]


  • A really good book Loved that last line.Perhaps Father s new wife will bear him a son, and I will never have a chance to govern well But judging from the sky today, the heaven s seem to think differently The Entire court has come outside and stands staring upward Their jaws drop and they cast awed glances at me Even Lord Lin Fang looks at the sky and trembles The planet Kumsong is shining in the daytime, Grandmother What is normally only seen at night is now perfectly visible in the brightest da [...]


  • This story had one of the best I told you so moments I ever read Princess Sondok was clearly trapped in a very tough position She was obviously very intelligent, but because she was a girl she was constantly set aside even though her advise was good The fact that she was able to have as much impact as she did was pretty impressive I also found many of the Korean traditions interesting, especially the role of the ancestor jar with becomes her diary writing to her grandmother.


  • All the Royal Diaries books portray these princess as trying to triump over their sex This is a prime example of why your title doesn t totally mattere you have a vagina Sondok wasnt hearing any of it thoughgood for her.



  • I read The Royal Diaries series a lot as a kid They were my go to books and I often reread the few that I had over and over again, never becoming bored with them Then I got older, discovered other books, and packed my Royal Diaries novels away to make room for new reading acquisitions I recently got an itch to read some historical fiction My admittedly brief foray into the adult examples of the genre left me disappointedd then I remembered these books Granted, they re meant for a younger reading [...]


  • I loved these books as an adolescent, I collected them all, I read and re read them I went on to be a history major and librarian and I think that it is in no small part due to books like these that made history feel alive to young women in a way that many most of the books at the time did not.


  • I would 100% consider this a feminist book Queen in her own right and the first woman to rule an Eastern Asian country Not as quick of a read as the others but just as informative and fascinating


  • This review also appears on my blog, Read at Home Mom.This book, which is part of the popular Royal Diaries series, focuses on a young Korean woman who will one day inherit her father s kingdom, despite the fact that only males have ruled in the past Visitors from neighboring countries look down upon her father for this decision and upon Sondok herself for her inappropriate interest in reading the skies Sondok expresses her feelings to her deceased grandmother by writing messages and slipping th [...]


  • Like the other books in the Royal Diaries series, I like the way this book was formatted It was a very quick read and I liked Sondok as a narrator I think she was a strong female lead and watching her grow as a character was neat.


  • Sondak, Princess of the Moon 0 439 16586 5Possibly than any other girl in the Royal Diary series, Sondok has to struggle daily with the sexism inherent in her culture and the culture around her Although her father has named her his heir in the absence of any male children , many of the surrounding countries are horrified at the notion and vow war and disaster should a woman ascend the throne And Sondok s own father seems frustratingly ambivalent in his decision valuing her for her wisdom one mo [...]


  • Say what you want about The Royal Diaries, but I ve just discovered another awesome female ruler that I never knew existed before Sondok was the first woman in Eastern Asia to rule in her own right, having ascended the throne in 632 AD The ridiculous amount of sexism Sondok chronicles in her writings to her dead Grandmother as a girl are a sort of precursor to what she would face when she took the throne.But of course that doesn t deter her and although it takes a while, Sondok realizes her true [...]


  • Was slow at first, but definitely picked up towards the middle I can see why younger me was enchanted with these books older me is wondering yet again at how many white authors were writing characters of color for this series Sheri Holman did do a fine job telling Sondok s story, but hopefully in the future will seek out authors from the cultures they want to write about market.Sondok is an interesting figure, though the first half of her story is basically I want to study the stars Why can t I [...]


  • This is a book in The Royal Diaries series and takes place in Korea, 595 A.D, about 900 years before Columbus discovered North America.Sondok is a Princess due to inherit a throne since her father did not have any sons This would make her the first female to be an actual ruler in the area, and, as such, she is warned that other countries probably won t respect her country since it would have a female ruler.She is a very intelligent girl and her passion in life is astronomy, but that does not sit [...]


  • This book is written as a diary by a young Sondok, soon to be first Queen of Silla Korea, A.D 595 Even though Sondok is heir to the throne, her father the King of Silla kingdom disapproves of her study of astronomy, believing that such academic endeavors are not suitable for females Sondok struggles with this personally, as well as with the discordances between the Buddhist beliefs of her kingdom, the Shamanistic practices of the older generations, and the growing Confucian influence from her ki [...]


  • I m not sure how I feel about this book.For one thing, it mainly talked about their religion Which was definitely not remotely close to Christianity The girl was whiny The slight hint of romance wasn t enough to explain her reaction when something happened to her guy There wasn t much interaction with her sisters The ending was obviously rushed through, and was actually a history book esque paragraph of information I got the feeling that this is meant to be an educational book which is sad, seei [...]



  • Sondok was one of the most famous Queens of the Sillia Kingdom in what is present day south east Korea.Why I picked it up Princess series with a book about a Korean princess seemed like the perfect way for me to learn history and add another book to my list of recommends.Why I finished it Holman did a good job introducing the culture while keeping the story flowing I was excited to learn Korean history the easy way until I got to the end and learned that only three events had been recorded abou [...]


  • The facts presented in this book match up to what I learned about the Three Kingdoms period and Unified Silla in my East Asian Civilizations course Some spellings were alternative to ones I saw in class, though still correct Only noticed one typo in the historical note Holman did a good job explaining Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shamanism I didn t like how she contrasted the three specifically to Christianity, as the same could be said for other religions Was surprised that the glossary did not [...]


  • Cute little book, and a good one for girls to read as Sondok is interested in learning and science yes, even in 595 A.D I am glad they are choosing to write of this series including strong women from Asia Sondok becomes the first female ruler in Asia The only downfall is not much is known about her nor really comparatively about the culture in which she lived in, so it is definitely a book fiction than historical Still, a good book for the 8 10 year old set.


  • Graded By MariaCover Story Starry, Starry NightBFF Charm Yay Swoonworthy Scale 7Talky Talk As You Know, GrandmotherBonus Factors Astronomy, STEM Girls, SpiritualismAnti Bonus Factor Terrible TeacherRelationship Status Zodiac Approved SoulmatesRead the full book report here.


  • This was mind numbingly boring until the last 30ish pages Not even Sondok s struggle to prove herself worthy of ruling, studying astronomy, and speaking her mind could fully engage me This suffers from a similar problem to Victoria s diary almost nothing happens, and then a whole rush of events happen toward the end Disappointing.Last line view spoiler I believe they do hide spoiler


  • In 6th century Korea, girls and women had very little influence, but one clever girl with an interest in astronomy named S nd k would someday be Queen of Silla in her own right Based on the real life heroine of ancient Korea, this fictional diary gives readers an idea of what her extraordinary life might have been like Age 12 and up.


  • Sondok is the first female heir in Silla s history, and she studies the heavens for signs The Chinese ambassador Lin Feng doesn t approve of women putting themselves forward, and he has now been named tutor to the royal family Sondok must struggle to learn her place and how best to serve her people.


  • One of the best Royal Diaries I loved that it went so far back in history and about a royal figure that I had never heard about before Because of my lack of knowledge about Sondok, I found this book to be all the intriguing and I just loved every word of it


  • An improvement on the Nzingha book but not as captivating writing as the Indian Princess of Princesses, which is too bad as her life was obviously fascinating Still, a solid 3 stars not a rounding up as in the case of Nzinga.


  • Being that it was written for the middle school ages, I can over look the style and some of the blatant bow tied plot devices Having a epilogue history and background explanations were a definite plus.


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