Beauty and the Beast, the Only One Who Didn't Run Away (Twice Upon a Time Series #3)

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Wendy Mass tells the story of Beauty and the Beast, as never heard before!

When you're stuck with the name Beauty, people expect a lot from you - like beauty and grace and courage and a sense of style. But what if you have none of these things? What if all you like to do is read books and search for odd objects that other people drop? Oh, and you have a perfect older sister who really should have had your name instead of you.

And when you're a...

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Twice Upon a Time #3: Beauty and the Beast, The Only One Who Didn't Run Away

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Overview


Wendy Mass tells the story of Beauty and the Beast, as never heard before!

When you're stuck with the name Beauty, people expect a lot from you - like beauty and grace and courage and a sense of style. But what if you have none of these things? What if all you like to do is read books and search for odd objects that other people drop? Oh, and you have a perfect older sister who really should have had your name instead of you.

And when you're a prince, you're supposed to be athletic and commanding and brave and tall. But what if you are none of those things? What if all you like to do is play the bagpipes (badly), study the stars, and try to figure out how to make worms live forever? Oh, and you also have a perfect older brother who is a lot more princely than you'll ever be.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—This installment in the series tells of Beauty, a plain girl whose life drastically changes after a fire destroys her father's business, and Riley, a prince who would rather gaze at the stars than dance at lavish balls. When a mischievous witch turns Riley into a hideous beast and renders his family completely invisible, he must find a girl to love him before his time runs out. Told in alternating viewpoints, this is an appealing fairy-tale spin-off. The characters and dialogue emphasize the importance of family strength in times of adversity. Both Beauty's and Riley's families face serious problems, but they handle their issues with integrity, humor, and courage. At times, however, the dialogue doesn't sound authentic and seems pieced together with little or no transition. Pacing is also a concern. The stories meander through lots of events before the two finally meet, but they all seem random and do little to enhance the plot. It isn't until about 70 pages from the end that the traditional story begins, leaving some to wonder what took so long. Still, Mass and fairy-tale retellings are popular with tweens, and librarians looking for light, nonviolent retellings will find that Beauty fits the bill nicely.—Leigh Collazo, Ed Willkie Middle School, Fort Worth, TX
Kirkus Reviews
A reasonably charming middle-grade version of "Beauty and the Beast" has little bite. Told in alternating chapters by Beauty and the Beast, who is really a prince named Riley, this takes place in a sort of medieval world (travel by carriage and horseback, inns with straw beds) but has a sharp contemporary tone. Beauty has an older sister who is beautiful and accomplished and pretty nice, and Riley has an older brother whose perfection is somewhat marred by the fact that it is his comments to the witch they encounter that gets Riley turned into the Beast. The story takes a very long time to get started, as Beauty needs to go on a quest of her own before she can rescue the Beast with a kiss. While that quest provides a glowing pink talisman that helps save Riley/the Beast, the connections between the first half and the second half of the story don't always adhere. But Beauty and the Beast share an interest in science, a lack of interest in fuss and folderol, and more than one very sweet kiss. It's all so clean and lighthearted and safe that readers accustomed to any edge at all might find their teeth aching; on the other hand, it is part of a series that has found its audience. Absolutely no villains--even the witch who cast the spell gets to turn herself into a cat to accompany her feline companion--and a bunch of supportive parents, siblings and buddies make for a squeaky-clean read. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545310185
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Twice Upon a Time Series , #3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 318,816
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Mass

Wendy Mass is the author of the award-winning books for readers A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE, LEAP DAY, JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL, EVERY SOUL A STAR, THE CANDYMAKERS, 11 BIRTHDAYS, FINALLY, and the Twice Upon a Time series. She tells people her hobbies are photography and hiking, but they're really collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector. Wendy lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit her at www.wendymass.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Bkwrm:D

    Beauty is my fav princess, so i was super excited when WM came out with this bk. And i wasnt disapointed! It was funny, well written and super exciting. It was an awesome twist ofBeauty and the Beast! Keep writing the twice upon a time series Wendy Mass!!!!!! Bkwrm:D

    35 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is amazing. Wendy Mass did a great job. I loved how Beauty wasn't beautiful and Riley wasn't all that princely.

    22 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    June 3, 2012

    This is a great book! Wendy Mass puts another twist ending
    to this well known fairy tale!

    18 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Good book

    I haven't read this book, but have read the first 2 in the series and loved them. They're so quirky but with a sophisticated sense to them. I love Wendy Mass and her books, so naturally, i love this one also! STRONGLY RECOMEND!!!!!!!!

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Loved it!

    This book is amazing!! Its got a twist like sticking a candy cane inside a hot chocolate. It was such a good read. I just wish i could see beauty's face. Especially since the book says she isnt beautiful.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    This book is asome!!!!!!!

    Love twice upon a time i have not read any other yet but i think this will be my favorite.i loved it! Fairy tale humer.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This was a fantastic book! I have read the rest of the series be

    This was a fantastic book! I have read the rest of the series before this and i loved them all! I love how she puts a twist on the princess stories and makes them interesting! I highly recommend this book if you like ant other wendy mass books! I am 13 but im not into like the dramatic books and i love wendy mass so i highly recommend this book! :D

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Great Book

    I love this book SO MUCH!!!
    It has great detail.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Good

    It was so good i loved it

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    So awsome for my little sis

    Way to much money for a book.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    ?

    I'v never read any books by Wendy Mass should I ?

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    OMG

    OMG I find this book halarious! Throughout the whole book I am laughing my head off! In random places I just burst out laughing, and...people will look at me. Hehehe. I recommend this book to ages eight and up. I will always find this book amazing and halarious. If you liked this book, try 11 birthdays also by Wendy Mass. Great book. Have fun reading!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Great book alert for tweens

    It was a good book and i like how the author allows the readers to hear both sides of the story putting a spin on the classic fairytale...overall great read for tween girls and even guys looking for something a little different

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Good book

    This book is a gteat book by Wendy Mass. And I think any one would like it. she has other great books like , 11birthdays and on and on and on.:)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Loved it!

    I luv luv luv this book so good that read it like a hundred times its not for everyone though

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    :)

    Im gonna read the book but it looks like its gonna be a really good book! I cant WAIT!! :)

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Disappointed

    OMG this book is a total rip off!!! I bought the book sample and thought it was good so I bought the book and it didn't load so was stuck with the sample and never got the real book! I was really disappointed :(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    More books!!

    I love these series! They are completly good and so tempting ti read all night!! :D

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Awsome

    This book was really amazing and told by Beautys point and then told by Beasts point of veiw if you have ever read any of wendy mass's books you would also like Every Sole A Star it is about 3 kids who met throught a campgroun a feild trip and people moving you would really like it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Hahaha

    Ha. Quite funny . Sure of it. That post you wrote was indeed funny. Five years later. Thou shall be praised. Indeed. Praised for that quite clever comment. Btw. I read the first and second books and they were awesome. Is this one too?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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