A True Princess

A True Princess

Book - 2011
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Twelve-year-old Lilia is not a very good servant. In fact, she's terrible! She daydreams, she breaks dishes, and her cooking is awful. Still, she hardly deserves to be sold off to the mean-spirited miller and his family. Refusing to accept that dreadful fate, she decides to flee. With her best friend, Kai, and his sister, Karina, beside her, Lilia heads north to find the family she's never known. But danger awaits. . . .

As their quest leads the threesome through the mysterious and sinister Bitra Forest, they suddenly realize they are lost in the elves' domain. To Lilia's horror, Kai falls under an enchantment cast by the Elf King's beautiful daughter. The only way for Lilia to break the spell and save Kai is to find a jewel of ancient power that lies somewhere in the North Kingdoms. Yet the jewel will not be easy to find. The castle where it is hidden has been overrun with princess hopefuls trying to pass a magical test that will determine the prince's new bride. Lilia has only a few days to search every inch of the castle and find the jewel--or Kai will be lost to her forever.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2011.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061825019
Branch Call Number: j F ZAHLER D
Characteristics: 182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Aug 16, 2016

Sweet story. Predictable, but a nice take on the Princess and the Pea. Nothing too horrible here, (unless you count the fact that the elves are evil - gasp!) and a pretty normal fairy tale.

Sep 18, 2015

A fun take on the "princess and the pea" story.

Mar 16, 2013

I just picked this up at the library and thought it would be good. It was cute (I admit) but I was dissapointed. I knew almost what the ending was in the middle of the book. Very predictable. It almost sounded like my fiction writing (which is not that great). If the author had given more details and really built on the story, it could be even better. Good for younger readers(say, 10 and under), but for more advanced, well...just if you have nothing else to do. Good story line though and pretty creative. Also, it was better than "The Thirteenth Princess" so it just shows that with practice, writing can get better and better. Read "Princess of the Wild Swans". Much, much better details and characters!

devorah1231 Jul 27, 2012

A lot of love-making for such young characters, but it is a very cute book. A retelling of lots of fairytale/myths.

Mar 01, 2012

I have read Diane Zahler's "The Thirteenth Princess" and enjoyed it, but I have found that I have enjoyed this book more.
A well-written retelling of "The Princess and the Pea" with the German poem "The Elf King" and a hint of Norse mythology woven into it.
A definite treat for folklore and fairy tale lovers!


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Jul 26, 2013

orange_cheetah_194 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Mar 16, 2013

Love_Legolas_111 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

devorah1231 Jul 27, 2012

devorah1231 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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