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Readers Advisory: The Bravest Princess by E. D. Baker

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Bloomsbury USA Childrens, $16.99, ISBN-10 1619631369, April 2014

Sleeping Beauty’s younger, non-magical sister, Annie, still can’t rest while trouble in the kingdom threatens her good friend, Snow White. Snow White’s evil stepmother has disappeared, and her father wants her married off right away–but who should she choose? How can she tell which prince is best? It’s Annie and her good friend Liam to the rescue!

The anti-magical princess rides again in the third Tales of the Wide Awake Princess installment. Annie visits her gal pal Snow White to help her choose the right husband from a gallery of competing princes, but the visit is complicated by a mysterious witch who’s trying to kill Annie and the possibility of Snow White’s wicked stepmother Marissa lurking in disguise. Luckily Annie has her wits, her hot/brave/supportive/royal fiancee/BFF, and her gift–the ability to neutralize magic–in her arsenal, and with a little courage added to the mix, she’s sure to save the day. This princess is no shrinking violet.

Baker continues to play the princess and girl power cards simultaneously, and the overall effect is not dissimilar to Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Romantic, suspenseful, and charming, it’s no wonder this series has so many fans.

Recommend to: Fans of fairy tales and derring-do

To buy or not to buy: To buy! A great choice for tweens and young teens.

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