Saturday, September 14, 2013

Grace Kelly Dies: Books About Princesses

On this day in 1982, Grace Kelly died in a car crash. Kelly was an American movie star (Rear Window) who became a real-life princess when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

In honor of Princess Grace, here's a list of books about princesses.


Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. Cimorene is not a traditional princess and has no desire to learn traditional princess things. Sadly, her secret lessons in things like cooking, fencing, and magic always get discovered and ended. To save herself from an arranged marriage to an idiot, she runs away and volunteers to become a Dragon's princess, where she's finally able to put her talents to use. The first in a series, follow it with Searching for Dragons.

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Levitt. When Desi sees an ad to be a princess, she can't resist. When royals need to get away from their lives for awhile, they call Facade for a look-alike princess sub. Desi wants to make an impact, so she tries to help the princesses solve their problems when she's pretending to be them--sadly this is very against the rules. And while Desi can try to solve the princesses' problems, who will help her solve her own? The first in a series, follow it with The Royal Treatment.

The Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie, translated from the German by David Henry Wilson. Jenna wants to be special and when she's offered a movie role solely for her "presence" and is whisked off to nearby Scandia for filming... maybe she should have realized it was too good to be true. Her final "audition" is to fill in for the missing Scandian princess, but Jenna soon realizes that there's something wrong in the country and she's just become a political pawn in something much larger than she could imagine. Follow it with The Princess Trap.


The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze. There were 17 Days of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions. Everything changed and the queen was poisoned. Princess Elizabeth and her family still live in relative luxury while her father tries to guide the country. But the same brutal rebels who killed her mother are gunning for the rest of Elizabeth's family, unless she can stop them.

Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia. Roommates at a Swiss boarding school, Shirin, Vivien, and Ingrid meet every summer. One is an Iranian princess, on a German-Canadian weirdo, and one a Cuban-Jewish cooking prodigy. Over the course of three summers, they must deal with big and small issues of friendship, families, cultural differences and growing up.

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure edited and abridged by William Goldman. Buttercup is forced to marry a Prince she does not love, and she's ok with that, because the farmboy she did love is dead. But when she's kidnapped by pirates, well, things really get going. If you don't read the book, at least watch the movie, ok? As you wish.


The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. On Alyss Heart's 7th birthday, her evil Aunt Redd storms the castle and murders her parents. Alyss barely escapes through the pool of tears, into our world. But in our world, imagination can't make flowers sing or conjure things from thin air. Alyss eventually finds an adoptive family, and someone she thinks believes her-- until he publishes her story as children's fluff. But then card soldiers crash her wedding and take her back to Wonderland, to take her place as the warrior princess to save her land. This is Alice in Wonderland as you've never imagined it. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Seeing Redd.

Warrior Princess by Frewin Jones. After her brother is killed by marauding Saxons, Branwen is sent to Prince Llew to live like a princess and be kept safe. But Branwen has warrior's blood and it has been prophesied that she is the one who will lead her people against the Saxons. The first in a series, follow it with Destiny's Path.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. When the country was at war, the Queen made bargains to ensure victory. The price was that her daughters would be forced to dance every night court of the King Under Stone, to pay off her debt. Now the wars are over, and the Queen is dead, but still the princesses dance, much to the bafflement of their father. The first in a series, follow this retelling of "Twelve Dancing Princesses" with Princess of Glass, a retelling of Cinderella.

We'll do more princesses tomorrow, but what are some of your favorites?

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