Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Princes Diaries for the Younger Set

Who wouldn't love to wake up one day and find out they are actually the princess of a small, wealthy country?  Well in the book I am profiling today, that is exactly what happens.  If the plot sounds familiar (think Princess Diaries) you are correct.  Meg Cabot has taken her wildly successful franchise and adapted the books and story line for a younger audience.  These are amusing books that will entertain your kids and satisfy their royal desires!

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Title: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

Author: Meg Cabot

Target: Grades 3-5

Series: First book in a planned series

What this book is about:  
Olivia lives with her extended family since her mother died.  Her father is always traveling for work, so they communicate regularly through letters, but they never have the chance to see each other.  Olivia considers herself completely average, until one day she discovers her father is actually the King of Genovia and that she is, by default, a princess.  Her mother always wanted Olivia’s life to be normal, so she insisted her Aunt keep it a secret.  What will happen now that the secret is out?

Why I love this book:
I have not read Cabot’s series The Princess Diaries, although I have seen the movies.  This new series is aimed at delivering that story line to a younger audience.  This book isn’t going to win any awards, but it is a fun story.  What girl wouldn’t want to go from regular middle school kid to the Princess of Genovia!  A girl can dream.

Nice touch that Olivia is biracial and her best friend is of Indian descent.  I like to see the diversity of heritages that are a better mirror of society.   The book also touches on the fact that being a Princess is not all fun and games, a theme that I imagine will be developed further in future books.

Who this book is for: 
Great girl book for kids like fantasy and realistic fiction.  The book has larger print and pictures scattered throughout, so it is a good choice for girls making the leap to more substantial chapter books.

Final thoughts: 
Cute new series that represents a nice break from some of the more substantial fiction kids will be reading for school.

To purchase this book:
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