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When eighth-grader Casey Peabody and her Gran buy a rusted box at an estate sale, Princess Eglantine Eleanor Annalisa Ambroisa de Bercy of the Kingdom of Trewellyn appears in their living room, commanding the Peabodys to bow down in allegiance. It is difficult to make her understand that she's traveled through time and ended up in California, but eventually her royal wizard Alaric appears and admits that he needs time to work on the proper returning spell. The Peabodys have no choice but to enroll their unexpected guest in school with Casey, who is, understandably, less than pleased. She has enough trouble navigating the mores of school, without the added burden of helping someone else who is innocent in the ways of teenagers. But naturally, after a time they all begin fashioning themselves after Egg, and Casey learns the value of individualism. There is a hard-sell message, but the story has lots of humor and a likable narrator. A slight but entertaining fantasy.
—Susan RileyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.