Only Trouble is Interesting

Marianna Heusler

In my middle grade thriller, One Stone Left Unturned , I choose to tell the tale
from two different protagonists, who lived centuries apart. The first point of view is that
of Tatiana Romanov, the doomed daughter of Tsar Nicholas Romanov. The second point
of view is that of Augusta Ashford, a modern day teenager.

I must admit that I thought long and hard about which point of view to use in the
opening chapter. A former teacher, I know how easily middle grade kids can be bored. If
I began with an historical segment, would they be turned off, because, after all, the action
takes place a hundred years ago? They might think – who cares?

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