THE WIDE-AWAKE PRINCESS by E.D. Baker

THE WIDE-AWAKE PRINCESS

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

A clever twist on a selection of fairy tales from “Sleeping Beauty” to “Rapunzel” shines a realistic light on these classics, questioning whether magic is always a good thing. Princess Annabelle’s older sister, Gwendolyn, is given the magical gift of beauty while Annie has been made impervious to magic of all kinds, a gift that proves to be quite valuable in the end, though Annie can’t help but feel like the plain little sister next to Gwennie’s overwhelming beauty. When the classic “sleeping beauty” curse is cast on Gwennie, Annie, along with Liam, a footman and friend, sets out on a journey into the forest to find the prince that will save the day. Not only does the spirited Annie save her family, she winds up discovering herself along the way. Baker’s characters are intriguing, easy to relate to and entirely three-dimensional. While the plot may seem hectic at times, in the end readers will find that each character and plot twist has a purpose. The author ably joins the practitioners of the contemporary fairy tale, suggesting that those fairy tales and their happily-ever-afters are not always better than reality. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59990-487-0
Page count: 275pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2010




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