PRINCESS BEN by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

PRINCESS BEN

Age Range: 11 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

Princess Benevolence isn’t a run-of-the-mill spoiled princess. Ben doesn’t want to live in the royal castle wearing beautiful dresses. She’d rather sulk in her family apartments over the barracks, staying a scruffy, indulged ragamuffin. But Ben’s parents are ambushed, leaving her, now the heir to the throne, in the care of her haughty aunt, the regent queen Sophia. Sophia is cold and loveless, determined to mold Ben into a marriageable princess. Ben’s aunt starves her to make her willowy, forces her to take dance lessons to make her graceful and locks her in a barren bedroom cell to break her spirit. When she discovers a hidden door in her bleak bedroom, she throws herself into the task of learning magic. Maybe witchcraft will provide escape from Sophia, salvation from marriage and vengeance for her parents’ deaths? Ben’s coming-of-age fits well into a now-common fantasy mold: She grows into a self-reliant heroine, kicking butt while acquiring social graces on her own terms, saving the kingdom and the handsome prince—she’s a fairy-tale princess for the modern girl. An amusing, heartwarming adventure put forth in richly flavored prose. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Pub Date: May 5th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-618-95971-6
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2008




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