Penelope

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A modern-day fairytale...

Penelope Wilhern has everything a girl could want—a wealthy socialite family, an enchanted bedroom and some of the coolest clothes around. There is only one problem: She was born into a cursed family and has the face of a pig.

Hidden away from the world, Penelope now finds herself subjected to a string of snobby, blue-blooded bachelors in a desperate attempt to find her a husband in order to break the curse. Though she...

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Overview

A modern-day fairytale...

Penelope Wilhern has everything a girl could want—a wealthy socialite family, an enchanted bedroom and some of the coolest clothes around. There is only one problem: She was born into a cursed family and has the face of a pig.

Hidden away from the world, Penelope now finds herself subjected to a string of snobby, blue-blooded bachelors in a desperate attempt to find her a husband in order to break the curse. Though she yearns for something greater, what’s a girl to do when faced with a determined mother and her matchmaking sidekick? Hoping to snap a photo of the mysterious girl, mischievous tabloid reporter Lemon hires down-on-his-luck Max to pose as a prospective suitor and infiltrate the family. But when Max finds himself truly drawn to Penelope, he can’t bring himself to expose and disappoint her, so he just disappears. Fed up with this latest betrayal and determined to live life on her own terms, Penelope decides to break free from her family and go out into the world in search of adventure.

Disguising her identity with a scarf, Penelope discovers a wondrous world where freedom opens her eyes to possibilities she never knew existed. Making new friends along the way, she discovers happiness in the most unexpected places.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312375591
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 506,974
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Kaye lives in Paris, France. She taught children's and teen literature at St. John's University in New York and has written over 100 books for young readers.

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Introduction

I loved reading fairy tales as a child—or better yet, having them read to me—and now my daughter loves them too! The adventures of those beleaguered princesses, so often the youngest, most beautiful, and least appreciated, were magical. Fairy tales tell us who we are and how to live. That's why they are so powerful. It's not often that a brand-new tale appears in the world. So imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered . . . Penelope!

Sprung from the brilliantly original brain of Leslie Caveny, Penelope appeared on my desk one fine spring day. I loved the story from the moment I read it, and Penelope came to life in my imagination long before she stepped on-screen.

There are so many things I love about Penelope: a terrific plot, great characters, a beautiful world. But most of all, I love the message. Penelope is the inspiring story of a girl who is told by the people closest to her that she isn't good enough. Born with the face of a pig due to an ancient curse that had nothing to do with her, Penelope is kept hidden away in her parents' house and is taught to wait—to wait until her prince comes along and rescues her, to wait until she is pretty enough to go out into the world, to wait for her life to begin.

Eventually, Penelope gets tired of waiting and takes things into her own hands. Breaking free from her family, she heads out into the world to experience life on her own terms, finding friendship, adventure, and fun along the way. Penelope ultimately learns that she is pretty great the way she is, and it is that confidence and self-acceptance that prove to be life changing.

I've been all over the world and met so many people, and I've come to discover that each and every one of us has insecurities. Young or old, short or tall, we all have something we wish we could change about ourselves. Sometimes we let those insecurities define who we are and get in the way of all the great things we could accomplish. Penelope teaches us to rise above our fears, to embrace the things that make us unique, and to celebrate our individuality. She faces the world with fearlessness and wonder.

I hope this story inspires you to try to be a little more like Penelope, and to learn to love what is truly unique about yourself.

Enjoy the book!

—Reese Witherspoon

Copyright © 2007 by Penelope Productions, LLC. Introduction copyright © 2007 by Reese Witherspoon. All rights reserved.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    On my list of favorite books!!

    This book is offical one of my favorites. The reason being, it sort of revolves around all the little kid fairy tales we used to read, but put into moder time. The books like Beauty and the Beast, and Princess and the Frog show that you have to belive and support your self or other for people to know the real YOU.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    I have seen the movie and I hope the book is good

    Great movie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    Just Plain Amazing!

    i read penelope for a school project. LOVED IT. Its a good book for boys and girls, but mostly girls. Penelope is cursed with the nose of a pig, and 25 years in captivity at the Wilhern Mansion. She gets everything she wants, except for a true, real friend. She reads, takes care of plants, draws, and exercises daily. Penelope's mother gives her a personal matchmaker to reverse the curse. Penelope comes face to face with Edward V, he begs for forgive-ness and something extra special. This book is just so cute and i loved every minute of reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    PLEASE READ

    James McAvoy is soooo sexy and i am kinda mad he has a wife but also happy for him because he has found love. Still i wish he were my age and i wish Michael Fassbeder was my age too is is sexy too also i will star in a moviewith them two and Hugh jackman BTW at the end i was like i wish i was Penelope. Go James is SEXY especially with his new hair now after the last XMen ok yes yes and yes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    People

    Love the movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    WAZ UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!! =D Kayllee Here!!!!!!!!!!! ;}

    SO DID NOT KNOW THERE WAS A BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! WISH THERE WAZ A SAMPLE!!!!!!!!!! Thought the movie waz amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! My fav part was the end of the movie when she broke the curse herself when she accepted who she waz. I'd give the movie 200 starz outta 10!!!!!!!!! Realy hope they make a 2nd movie!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Waite, so did Max & Penelope get married?!?! =\ I am so putting this on my wishlist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Cool

    This is amazing so fat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Wow

    It sounds kinda dumb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Ummmm...

    Is this book that good and shiuld i get ut

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2011

    The plot is remarkable.

    I have experienced both the movie and the book... They're great!

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    I saw the movie first, then read the book. I enjoyed both bery much. Nice light hearted tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    By ee

    Awesome tale and movie! All you have to do is like yourself for who you are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2010

    penelope

    this is a really good book i couldnt set it down for two seconds i would recommend this book to everyone and yes its a love story in case you were wondering

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    so cutttteeee :D

    penelope by marilyn kaye was simply adorable! the book was about a girl with the snout of a pig because she was born into a cursed family. she is determined to find a blue blood to marry so that the snout will go away. the only problem is that when they actually see her, they run away in fear! she finally meets the man she thinks is the one but he mysteriously disappears. during the story penelope develops friendships, meets new people, goes to places she didnt even knew existed, and learns to somewhat except herself. but does she get her nose back?! reead to find out! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    FABULOUS...is an understatement

    This really was a great book. It taught you a lesson throughout the story, without being obnoxious. Other stories are really demanding and annoying when it comes to that. Anyway, Penelope really carries on the cliche 'Don't judge a book by it's cover.' It really forces you to self-reflect. But yeah, the movie was fantastic also. It's almost exactly like the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    Inspiring!

    I have read Penelope twice and watched the film. I simply adore the theme (life lesson) of Penelope. The theme will inspire all readers. The book has twists, comedy, and morals. I loved this book and so will you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    simply fantastic

    It faces realism in a positive way , great plot, and keeps the reader enertained. Must read .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    Could not put it down!

    This book was great! It is amazing how everything came together in the end! I don't like reading but, I loved this book I could not put it down!

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