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Princess for Hire (Princess for Hire Series #1)

Princess for Hire (Princess for Hire Series #1)

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by Lindsey Leavitt
     
 

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When Desi Bascomb gets discovered by the elite Fa ade Agency—royalty surrogates extraordinaire—her life goes from glamour-starved to spectacular in a blink. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient formula Royal Rouge, she can temporarily transform into the exact lookalike of any princess who

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When Desi Bascomb gets discovered by the elite Fa ade Agency—royalty surrogates extraordinaire—her life goes from glamour-starved to spectacular in a blink. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient formula Royal Rouge, she can temporarily transform into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?

Well, Desi soon learns that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a nasty crash diet? Or when a princess's conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off-and you know she would want you to change his mind?

In this hilarious series debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When 14-year-old Desi answers a classified ad that reads “Princess for Hire,” she can't believe her luck: Desi finds out she has MP (Magic Potential). This means she has what it takes to become a princess surrogate, which requires the ability to physically transform into the image of any princess across the globe. Desi doesn't have to think twice (she lives in Sproutville, Idaho, and her current job involves wearing a groundhog costume). She signs on with Meredith, a no-nonsense “[p]rincess agent extraordinaire,” who gives Desi a crash course in standing in for vacationing royals. Filled with slapstick humor that some might find grating, and populated by an over-the-top cast of characters, Desi's story consists of one mishap after another, as she tries to navigate the love lives and friendships of the royals. First in a planned series, Leavitt's debut novel has an entertaining premise that would be right at home as a TV movie for tweens. Though the stakes never feel high and Desi's ultimate triumph is a foregone conclusion, Desi shows that she's a heroine with heart. Ages 11–up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
It is the summer before eighth grade and Desi Bascomb is miserable. Her former best friend, Celeste, has turned Desi into an outcast. To add insult to injury, Desi is spending her summer working as a mascot at a pet store. When her manager claims to have a special wishing tank in the break room, Desi wishes to make an impact on peoples' lives and, as an afterthought, for a more glamorous job. Later that day, she inadvertently answers an ad seeking substitute princesses. Meredith, a princess agent, materializes in Desi's bathroom, hiring Desi to stand in for vacationing princesses. A magic compact allows her to change her voice, appearance, and language, but Desi must change her behavior and assimilate all on her own. Her new job involves world travel and lots of training. Although Desi is supposed to act like the princesses for whom she is filling in, she cannot help but meddle a bit to try to improve their lives. Through her new job, Desi gains confidence and perspective, all while having amazing adventures. This story will easily appeal to fans of Meg Cabot's "The Princess Dairies" as well as anyone who likes their princess stories with a bit of excitement. Desi is kind, adventurous, and easily relatable. The end leaves readers wondering what lies ahead for Desi, so it seems likely that this book is the first in a series. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Readers still lamenting the conclusion of Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" (HarperCollins) will eagerly embrace this first volume in the adventures of Desi Bascomb. The 15-year-old is stuck in Sproutsville, ID, where she is tormented by her ex-best friend, Celeste, and is working a miserable job at Pets Charming, where she is forced to dress up as a groundhog. Then she spies an ad for a princess sub and meets agent Meredith, who informs Desi that she has a rare magical gift that will allow her to apply royal rouge and stand in for any princess in need of a break. Desi is sent on three missions for three very different young women, and though she is told not to interfere, at last she sees her chance to make an impact. Though the plot is predictable and concepts such as royal rouge and getting from job to job in a bubble are silly and contrived, overall the novel is frothy fun. Desi is constantly comparing herself to seemingly perfect Celeste, and it is only through her new job that she begins to discover her own worth. This is a fast-paced and humorous read with a dash of romance. It's sure to leave readers longing for the next installment.—Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423122999
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
Princess for Hire Series, #1
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
722,530
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Lindsey Leavitt (www.lindseyleavitt.com) lives in Las Vegas with her husband and three small daughters. Although she has been a substitute teacher and a homecoming princess, she has never been a substitute princess-yet. She's still scanning the want ads . Lindsey is currently hard at work on the next book in the Princess for Hire series.

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