Thursday, February 2, 2012

Princess of the Midnight Ball

by Jessica Day George

There is a mystery in the palace in Westfalin.  A mystery that no one has been able to solve.  Though the twelve princesses are locked in their room every night, they manage to wear out their dancing slippers every third night without fail.  Galen has served his country during it's long war, but now he has returned and is working in the palace gardens.  As he meets and falls in love with the eldest princess, he realizes that he is the only one who might be able to discover the secret that the princesses keep.  But will he be able to discover it before the princesses are ruined by the whispers of witchcraft and murder which surround them?

The Princess of the Midnight Ball is an entertaining retelling of the Grimm Brothers Twelve Princesses fairy tale.  It is a quick read, but manages to be entertaining without being too silly, combines a love story with heroism, and pits good against evil.  The book will be appealing to tweens of all ages who like a romantic but adventurous tale.  

Genre: Fairy Tale
Age Level: 7th-8th Grade

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