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The Princess and the Peabodys

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by Betty G. Birney

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In the kingdom of Pine Glen . . .

When a teenage wizard blunders a spell that sends a real, live medieval princess to the Peabodys' house, fourteen-year-old Casey Peabody is in for a royal mess! It was bad enough attending Pine Glen Junior High with a squad of cheerleading princesses. Now suddenly Casey has to contend with a real princess of her own.



In the kingdom of Pine Glen . . .

When a teenage wizard blunders a spell that sends a real, live medieval princess to the Peabodys' house, fourteen-year-old Casey Peabody is in for a royal mess! It was bad enough attending Pine Glen Junior High with a squad of cheerleading princesses. Now suddenly Casey has to contend with a real princess of her own.

Her Highness, Princess Eglantine, is an expert at the three Ps: Prettiness, Perkiness, and Popularity--but she can't play soccer like Casey, and she hasn't got a clue about junior high! With ribbons in her hair and her nose in the air, the princess will need Casey to battle the cheerleaders . . . and though she doesn't know it yet, Casey will need the princess, too.

With laughs at every turn, this magical tale proves that you don't have to wear a tiara or be a great soccer player to be cool. It doesn't take a wizard's spell to figure it out: Confident girls rule!

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School Library Journal

Gr 5-8
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.

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630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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The Princess and the Peabodys

Chapter One

Ye First Mistake

Once upon a time, in the magical land of Pine Glen, California, lived a girl named Casey Peabody—that's me. I still live in Pine Glen, and okay, it isn't really magical. At least it wasn't until the princess came—and then, the magic that happened was a lot different from what you read about in fairy tales.

The whole princess mess began on a typical Saturday morning for the Peabody family. And even if someone had told us what was coming, none of us would have believed it.

No reasonable person would.

"Remember: One man's trash is another man's trash," Dad muttered between sips of OJ that morning. My gran and I were gearing up to go yard-sale shopping, just as soon as we finished our breakfast, and Dad was teasing Gran about her passion for second-hand bargains.

"Listen, Joey." When Gran calls Dad "Joey," you know she's feeling feisty. "Some guy bought a painting for four dollars at a yard sale and guess what was behind it? An original Declaration of Independence. Sold for over eight million dollars. You can't call that trash!"

"You have my permission to sell anything in this house for eight million dollars," Dad said, bowing to Gran.

Duke, our shaggy English sheepdog, thumped his tail. "That includes you, dog," Dad added. Actually, I'm not sure we could get eight dollars for Duke. He has a major case of doggie breath.

Gran eyed the clock and I got the hint. "Ready to roll," I said with a yawn.

Duke, who insists on coming with Gran and me on our treasure hunts, pranced toward the front doorand waited for us. Thankfully my little brother, Shane The Pain, doesn't care to tag along, so—not counting Duke—I have Gran all to myself when we go shopping.

"I've got a good feeling about this one," Gran said, checking her purse for her keys. "It's an estate sale at that big old house over on Drew Street."

"That monstrosity?" Dad asked as he poured himself some coffee. "Nobody's come out of there in thirty years."

Gran's eyes lit up. "My kind of house!"

Once we were on the road, Gran asked me about my homework situation for the weekend.

"Not too bad." I'd just finished my first week of eighth grade at Pine Glen Junior High. "They always take it easy in the beginning. After that they really load it on."

Gran turned the car onto Drew Street. "So school's okay so far?"

I shrugged my shoulders. "Same as ever. Girls like Eden Endicott still think they rule." Pine Glen was full of popularity queens like Eden. "But soccer is awesome," I added.

"Go, Panthers," Gran said with a grin.

"Go, Panther girls," I corrected her.

Gran eased on the brakes. There was already a traffic jam on Drew Street but she managed to find a small space and barely squeezed her station wagon into it.

"Everybody's out today." Gran said, amazed. "We'll have to move fast." She made sure to roll all the windows down halfway, and then she patted Duke affectionately. "The car's nice and cool today, Duke," she said, giving him a wink. "You stay here and we'll rush right back with our treasures."

As we walked down the street with the rest of the crowd, I realized how right Dad was about the creepy old Tudor-style house. The overgrown yard looked like something out of a scary movie.

"You take the linens over there." Gran waved her hand toward the open garage. "I'll check out the furniture."

I'm not the linen-and-lace type but Gran has trained me well. She even taught me how to elbow my way up to the table. As I reached for a vintage tablecloth with red polka dots, a tall woman with rhinestone-edged glasses snapped it up, along with several others. "These are mine," she announced.

I gritted my teeth and moved on to a stack of old-fashioned dresser scarves. The rhinestone lady tried to reach over my shoulder but she was too late. I quickly picked out the two best and put the rest down.

By the time I tracked down Gran, the yard was so packed with bargain hunters, you could hardly turn around.

"Find anything?"

Gran made a face. "Naw. Nothing left but junk. Real junk."

She oohed and aahed at the pieces I picked out—"good junk" she called it—and we rummaged around a few more tables. Gran checked out a blue glass pitcher. I went for some old magazines I found stacked under a small, rusty metal box.

"Whoa!" The box weighed a ton when I tried to pick it up.

"What's inside?" Gran asked.

I couldn't get the lid to budge. "Rusted shut," I told her.

She tried shaking the box. "It sounds empty but it's really heavy." She checked the tag on the bottom. "The price is right. Let's take a chance. Maybe there's something inside that will pay for your college tuition. Or at least a trip to Hawaii!"

Before we left, Gran settled up with the woman running the sale. She even persuaded her to take a dollar off the box's price on account of the rust.

Duke barked and wagged as we approached the car. He knew what was next: hot chocolate and chocolate-chip muffins at Herbert's Bakery. He always managed to get a bite of muffin out of Gran or me. I guess that's why he's such a fan of our Saturday morning yard-sale trips.

As we slid our finds onto the backseat, Duke let out a whimper.

"What's the matter, boy?" I asked.

He stared down at the box, backing away from it suspiciously.

"Scaredy cat," I scolded him. "What's the matter with you?"

"It's that old box," Gran said. "I don't think he approves."

As soon as she moved it to the front seat, Duke quieted down, but he kept his eyes fixed on our rusty prize.

"Dumb old dog," I said with a laugh.

I wish I'd paid more attention to him . . . because as it turns out, dumb old Duke was on to something.

The Princess and the Peabodys. Copyright © by Betty Birney. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Betty G. Birney has been a star soccer player, a beautiful princess, and a cheerleader—in her writing, that is. In reality, she once made it to the finals of her junior high cheerleading tryouts, and she still plays a mean game of Ping-Pong. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she has worked in the Kingdom of Hollywood for many years, where she's written over two hundred television shows. Her work has garnered numerous honors, including an Emmy, a Writers Guild of America award, three Humanitas Prizes, a Christopher Award, and many state awards. She now reigns over her backyard office in Los Angeles. Alas, her house does not have a dungeon.

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I just got this book today and I already LOVE it. It keeps you on your toes the whole time while you follow Princess Egg and Casey. OK let me tell you a little more, Casey is an eighth grader who loves sports and her grandma bought an old chest and inside a was princess from the midevil times who thinks she is the queen of the world. This book would also make a pretty funny movie if anyone knows a movie director. Anyway I highly recommend this book.