Princess of the Wild Swans

Posted on July 14, 2012. Filed under: Fairy Tales, Girls' Books | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Princess Meriel and her five brothers are surprised when their father, the king, comes home from a trip with a new wife. Seeing as the queen died long ago, it seems reasonable, they decide. But the new queen drives the six children crazy with her new rules. When Meriel’s brothers disappear, she finds that the […]

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Clair-de-Lune

Posted on July 13, 2012. Filed under: Ballet, Girls' Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Young Clair-de-Lune is the daughter of a famous dancer in the 1850’s. Her father is gone, never talked about, and her mother is gone, too. Clair-de-Lune’s mother was called La Lune, and she danced a solo in a ballet about swans long before Anna Pavlova and “The Dying Swan.”  One night, when Clair-de-Lune was just […]

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If Ever I Return Again

Posted on July 7, 2012. Filed under: Girls' Books, Historical Fiction | Tags: , , , , , , |

The first day out on a whaling ship, twelve-year-old Celia regrets asking to come along. After much begging and pleading, she was allowed to accompany her mother and father on the expedition. Her father is captain of the ship, and Celia figures this will be her only real chance to see the world. But she’s […]

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The Frog Princess

Posted on July 5, 2012. Filed under: Fairy Tales, Girls' Books, Misleading Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The last book I reviewed was The Dragon Princess by E.D. baker. After reading it, I noticed that it was the last in a series. So, this time, I went back and read the first book, The Frog Princess. I shouldn’t have. It uses the cliche “twist” of the princess turning into a frog instead of the frog […]

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Iris, Messenger

Posted on June 21, 2012. Filed under: Girls' Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Eleven-year-old Iris is always daydreaming. She spends most of her time with her head up in the clouds, even during school. She’s always landing in detention, thanks to strangely sadistic teachers, and she’s the least popular kid in Erebus Middle School. But on her twelfth birthday, she receives a book about Greek Mythology from an […]

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Escape to West Berlin

Posted on June 16, 2012. Filed under: Girls' Books, Historical Fiction | Tags: , , , , , |

Escape to West Berlin is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s set in East Berlin in the year 1961. It is what it sounds like– the family is trying to escape to West Berlin. The main character’s, Heidi’s, father is a “border crosser” — someone who works in the west but lives in the […]

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