Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Thirteenth Princess, by Diane Zahler

The Thirteenth Princess, by Diane Zahler. New York: Harper, 2010.

Zita is the thirteenth princess in a royal family. Cast away to the kitchens when she was born because she wasn't the son and heir her father wanted, she learns who she really is when she is 11 years old. As she gets to know her sisters, she notices that they are starting to get listless and ill. Zita is determined to find out what's wrong. Could it be a magic spell that is causing her sisters to get sick and to wear out their shoes every night?

This retelling of the fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" is an interesting take on the classic story. It's nice to read a retelling where a young girl does a lot of the work to break the spell that is usually credited to the handsome soldier who eventually breaks the curse. This was a short, fun read, with a little romance thrown in.

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