The Extra-Ordinary Princess

The Extra-Ordinary Princess

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by Carolyn Q. Ebbitt
     
 

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Princess Amelia is the least likely person to become queen of the land of Gossling, from her position as the fourth daughter to her non-princessy ways. But when a plague sweeps the land, kills her parents, and leaves her evil uncle in power, it is Amelia who must find the courage to save her kingdom-and her sisters. Readers will be thoroughly enchanted by the

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Princess Amelia is the least likely person to become queen of the land of Gossling, from her position as the fourth daughter to her non-princessy ways. But when a plague sweeps the land, kills her parents, and leaves her evil uncle in power, it is Amelia who must find the courage to save her kingdom-and her sisters. Readers will be thoroughly enchanted by the coming-of-age of an unlikely princess.

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Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
Twelve-year-old Amelia is the youngest of four princesses (the latest in a long line of White Queens, possessing gifts that are "a powerful blend of magic and something more"), growing up in the land of Gossling. Merrill, the eldest, is wise, and twins Lily and Rose are "great beauties," but Amelia is known only for her "non-princess ways" and unruly red hair ("If princesses were supposed to be so special, then there was something wrong with me," she says). When a plague sweeps their homeland and the king and queen perish, the girls' evil great-uncle attempts to seize the throne before Merrill turns 18. He casts spells on all of the sisters except Amelia, who must believe in her magical and human abilities in order to fulfill prophecies, break the spells and lead the citizens of Gossling against Count Raven and the Dark Ones. Ebbitt's debut sits halfway between fairy tale and fable. The characters' histories are enjoyably complex and the first-person narratives, told mostly from Amelia's POV, but occasionally alternating between other characters, inch the story toward the extra-ordinary. Ages 8—12. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599905778
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/09/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Carolyn Q. Ebbitt has an MFA in writing from Columbia and is a teacher. This is her first novel.
Carolyn Ebbitt is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has an MFA from Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

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The Extra-Ordinary Princess 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
As the fourth princess of Gossling, Amelia doesn't have to worry about being queen. After all, she has three sisters who will inherit the throne before she does. Besides, Amelia is only ordinary at best. Her school work is poor, and she's not nearly as talented and beautiful as her three older sisters. Amelia is content to play with her best friend and let others worry about running the country. However, Amelia's ordinary life changes when a plague devastates the country, killing her parents and leaving the burden of ruling to her terrifying uncle, Count Raven. Her three older sisters are under Raven's dangerous spell, and it's up to Amelia and her friends to rescue Gossling from the tyranny and destruction of Raven. But can an ordinary Princess find the strength to be extraordinary? I enjoyed the characters and world of THE EXTRA-ORDINARY PRINCESS. The only issue I had was a small hiccup with inconsistency in the case of three stones. My understanding was each stone could only be used once, yet Amelia used the stones four times. Still, this was a small distraction in an otherwise engaging and remarkable tale of finding inner strength. Ebbitt uses multiple points of view to tell the story of Gossling's darkest days. It's amazing to enter this magical world and yet feel at home. The characters are well fleshed out and easy to relate to. I couldn't help but root for Amelia and the other "good" characters as they struggled against Raven and their own shortcomings. THE EXTRA-ORDINARY PRINCESS is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and finding the courage to fight, even when you think you could fail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is actually pretty good considering that I am only on chapter 5!!!! I can no wait to read more!!!!