Hannah Yapp Yapp itibaren Nouthain, Pakistan
I read this book for a class assignment, but picked it because the story was so unique that it was hard to believe that it was true. An African princess, eventually renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta, is rescued from being beheaded by Captain Forbes and given to Queen Victoria as a present. She is educated as an upper class British girl, more like royalty really, and is given an allowance to spend. The biography charts her life from 5 till her death. She knew the British royal family intimately and even became friends with one of the Queen's daughters. It was a well-done story and very interesting. Read it in a couple hours.
I cannot for the life of me remember which of these books was which, or what happened in which. They really are mostly all one book, a la Lord of the Rings, just split up to increase sales/commercial appeal. I also, tragically, can't remember individual plot points. I remember the gist, I remember writing a kickass paper about them, ad I remember lots of complicated thoughts and notions about religion and evolution. Also, I remember them being really amazing, complicated books, and being surprised that they're "children's books".