The fourth princess of Gossling, Princess Amelia, has always known that she's different. Not because she is special, however, but because she is thoroughly ordinary. The first three princesses of her kingdom, her older sisters, are the embodiment of royalty: graceful, beautiful, and socially adept. Amelia knows she will never measure up to them. When a plague strikes the kingdom, Amelia and her sisters are spared, but their parents die. With the king and queen gone, an uncle they've never met is next in line for rule. He is an evil magician with a grudge against the kingdom, and he is bent on destroying it. Amelia's older sisters are transformed into a tree and two swans, and Amelia escapes only because she has been left behind. Now the only sister left capable of saving her kingdom, Amelia must let go of her beliefs about herself and find a way to inspire the people of her kingdom to fight for themselves.
The Extra-Ordinary Princess is a tale of adventure, with magic, transformation, friendship, and inspiration at its center. While not equal to Shannon Hale's mastery of this kind of story, fans of Goose Girl or Princess Academy will enjoy this tale of a girl on whose shoulders the fate of a kingdom rests.
Similar authors: Shannon Hale, Gale Carson Levine
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Date read: 1/15/2010