ROYALS by Rachel Hawkins


Age Range: 14 - 18
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Hawkins (Ruby & Olivia, 2017, etc.) delves into the weird and wonderful world of royal matchmaking.

Daisy Winters, an unconventional white 16-year-old from ordinary Perdido, Florida, becomes embroiled in royal drama when her older sister, the impeccable, blonde Ellie, becomes engaged to Prince Alexander of Scotland. Daisy is whisked across the Atlantic into a world of drafty castles, drunken royal hangers-on, snobbish relatives and endless run-ins with tabloid paparazzi. Although Daisy does her best to support her sister, her inability to keep her mouth shut and follow the rules get her into all kinds of trouble with her sister’s future in-laws, especially the icy Queen Clara. The young royal set behave worse than Daisy can imagine, and she spends much of her time in Scotland embroiled in a fake-dating damage-control scheme engineered by her sister's future in-laws to limit negative press. Told in confessional first person with a liberal mix of British and American slang thrown in, Daisy’s story makes some light points about the importance of personal integrity in a world where the slightest actions can be misconstrued and writ large in the media for the world to see.

A hilarious romp through a larger-than-life royal family fable. (Fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5247-3823-5
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2018


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