"Provocative and entertaining." —Booklist
"Haddix puts a feminist spin on the Cinderella story, beginning her tongue-in-cheek novel where the traditional story ends." —Publishers Weekly
"Imaginative...reminiscent of Gail Levine's Ella Enchanted." —School Library Journal
"This cleverly done book would make a good read-aloud for younger children [...] and will also entertain high school students—and lead them to Haddix's other, more contemporary works." —Kirkus
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Simon & Schuster / 1999
Being a princess isn't all that....
You've heard the fairytale: a glass slipper, Prince Charming, happily ever after...
Welcome to reality: royal genealogy lessons, needlepoint, acting like "a proper lady," and—worst of all—a prince who is not the least bit interesting, and certainly not charming.
As soon-to-be princess Ella deals with her newfound status, she comes to realize she is not "your majesty" material. But breaking off a royal engagement is no easy feat, especially when you're crushing on another boy in the palace.... For Ella to escape, it will take intelligence, determination, and spunk—and no ladylike behavior allowed.
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